HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – Seven “disaster recovery centers” are now open in Pennsylvania, to help people seeking assistance due to recent floods.
Twenty-seven Pennsylvania counties are now covered by federal disaster declarations from recent floods. But most declarations involve damage either from Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee – not both. The disaster recovery centers opened in Pennsylvania this week are all in areas under a federal disaster declaration stemming from Lee.
Pennsylvania emergency management spokesman Cory Angell says, right now, that does not include Philadelphia and the suburban counties. But they are included under the disaster declaration for Irene, “Southeastern Pennsylvania counties can claim assistance under Hurricane Irene. However, those counties weren’t declared under Lee. So people cannot apply for damage that was caused during the time period for Lee.”
Angell says, however, more counties could be added to the declaration for Lee.
Reported by Harrisburg Bureau Chief Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio 1060