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(HARRISBURG) – – The state Department of Community and Economic Development has approved additional funding through the Disaster Recovery Program for several Columbia County municipalities, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27). The funding marks the second round of relief associated with Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011 available to communities in federally declared disaster areas.

“Funds are available for unmet housing, infrastructure and economic revitalization efforts in these areas,” said Senator Gordner. “Columbia County was severely impacted by these storms and this funding will help continuing recovery efforts.”

Approved funding includes:

  • $500,000 for Bloomsburg for rehabilitation and reconstruction of flood-affected homes.
  • $500,000 for Scott Township for utility and home elevations.
  • $500,000 for Benton for utility and home elevations.
  • $500,000 for Hemlock Township for utility and home elevations.
  • $500,000 for Catawissa and Locust, Pine and Briar Creek Townships for lead based paint remediation and utility elevations.
  • $500,000 for Briar Creek, Stillwater and Orange Township for lead based paint remediation and utility elevations.
  • $350,000 for Montour Township for utility and home elevations.
  • $350,000 for Sugarloaf Township for utility and home elevations.
  • $325,000 for Fishing Creek Township for utility and home elevations.

Funding applications were submitted by Bloomsburg and by Columbia County on behalf of the remaining municipalities.

CONTACT: Todd B. Roup (717)787-8928