Gordner, Millard Announce Major Grant for Bloomsburg Flood Wall Expansion Project

(HARRISBURG) – The Town of Bloomsburg has been awarded a significant grant through the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27) and Representative David R. Millard (R-109). 

Bloomsburg will be receiving $2,000,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Relief funds for use in the final engineering design, permitting, property acquisition and initial construction costs for an extension of the town’s flood mitigation project.

“This significant grant to the Town of Bloomsburg sets the stage for a major expansion of the current flood wall,” said Senator Gordner.  “I am very pleased that Governor Tom Wolf and DCED Secretary Dennis Davin have agreed to support this crucial project for Bloomsburg.”

In all, total cost for the flood wall expansion project is expected to be approximately $15,000,000, including planning, engineering, permitting and construction costs. 

“After full completion of the project, neighboring schools and numerous homes will be protected during future flooding events,” said Representative Millard.  “I want to congratulate Mayor Sandy Davis, Vice President Carey Howell and all of Town Council for their advocacy and support of this flood wall.”

Recently, Bloomsburg was also awarded $400,000 by the Commonwealth Financing Authority to be used for this flood control project.

The United States Department of Housing and Urban development allocated over $27,000,000 to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through CDBG Disaster Recovery funds.  These funds are then allocated by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to communities throughout the state that were affected by tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene in 2011.  Eligible projects include: housing, economic development, infrastructure and prevention of further damage to affected areas.

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