By Brad Segall

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – Officials from FEMA will be in Montgomery County today to assess the damage from Hurricane Irene. They will determine whether the county and local governments are eligible for federal funding.

The damage assessments will have to eclipse the $2.3 million in order for the county to receive federal disaster assistance to help local governments with the cost of storm cleanup. That’s expected to happen, but county officials say they’re not sure whether there will be enough damage for individual aid which provides help to residents hit hardest by the storm.

Public Safety Director Tom Sullivan says FEMA inspectors are expected to tour Whitemarsh, Collegeville, and Abington.

“They’ll be doing very detailed reviews of municipalities that have storm damage…like bridges out and so forth, things that run the numbers up. We’re also collecting from municipalities and the county departments things like overtime costs and so forth.”

If the county meets the threshold, it’s likely that a disaster recovery center will open in the area to help residents who lost important documents in the flooding and help them apply for small business and low-interest loans.

Reported by Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio

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