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State Funding Approved for Potter County Levee Improvement Project
September 18, 2013
The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) has approved a $466,730 H2O PA Flood Control Grant to fund a levee improvement project by the Borough of Coudersport in Potter County, announced Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Brockway).
Scarnati said that the grant funds will be used to make improvements to the levee system at the Allegheny River segment and Mill Creek segment. At both locations funds will be used to raise the levee, add embankments and remove debris and sediments. The Borough will also add embankment material to the landslide slope of the entire levee to decrease the slope. The project also requires construction of a temporary access road.
“Earlier this year parts of our region experienced first-hand the devastating effects of severe flooding,” Scarnati stated. “It is critical that we take the needed steps to help prevent future flood damage and ensure our local governments receive the funding that they need for improvement projects. I commend Coudersport Borough Officials and local residents on receiving this important state investment.”
Scarnati explained that these fundamental repairs will help protect approximately 125 homes, 44 businesses and a school. In its current condition certain segments of the levee system do not meet Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regulations. However, once the project is completed the levee will be eligible for FEMA accreditation.
“I am confident that this project will meet the needs of area citizens and businesses by providing for public safety and generating economic development,” Scarnati said.
The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) was established as an independent agency of the Commonwealth to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth.
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