Senator Scarnati and Lt. Governor Cawley Assess Massive Flooding in Elk County

May 27, 2014

(RIDGWAY) -  Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) joined Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley in Elk County today to meet with local officials and emergency management personnel to assess local flood damage.

During a tour of the region, Senator Scarnati and Lt. Gov. Cawley were also joined by Rep. Matt Gabler, to view and evaluate areas affected by the severe flooding which began impacting the region last Wednesday.

“I want to express my gratitude for the quick response and tireless efforts of emergency responders, local police, local firemen, municipal workers, local officials and area volunteers who have been working to help victims recover from this disaster,” Scarnati stated.  “Last year communities within our region also experienced terrible flooding.  While we cannot stop these occurrences, we will continue to work together to re-build and return our community to normal as quickly as possible.”

Scarnati explained that damage assessments by PEMA already began last week, and that the process is underway to determine if businesses and residents will qualify for low interest loans to help with repairs under the US Federal Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance Program.

“As Lieutenant Governor, and as a former county commissioner whose residents live along the Delaware River, I have seen this type of destruction too many times,” Cawley said.  “But, I want to assure the residents and business community of Elk County that you will rebuild, you will start anew…and the governor and I and our team will help you do it.”

According to Scarnati, anyone with property damage that has not yet reported the information is encouraged to contact their local municipality, so that local officials have needed information to work with the state to determine what type of aid may be available for local residents and small businesses.

“I am very encouraged to see cleanup work already taking place within our community to recover from this massive flooding,” Scarnati said.  “This is a very difficult time for many families and businesses in our area.  I will continue to work with Governor Corbett, Lt. Governor Cawley and PEMA to determine ways to best assist local residents with clean up and recovery in the days and weeks ahead.”

CONTACT:  Kate Eckhart keckhart@pasen.gov 717-787-7084