Disaster Recovery Funding to Aid Columbia County Communities

(HARRISBURG) – Infrastructure repairs and stream bank improvements are among projects approved by the state under disaster recovery efforts in Columbia County following 2011 storms and resulting flooding.  Senator John R. Gordner (R-27) said the Department of Community and Economic Development has approved several projects in continuing efforts at storm recovery.

“Unprecedented damages occurred throughout the county as a result of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in August and September 2011,” said Senator Gordner.  “I am pleased that Bloomsburg will receive disaster recovery assistance of more than $600,000, and Benton and Catawissa Boroughs will also receive funding assistance.”

Bloomsburg will undertake three projects.  A $500,000 project will replace a deteriorated underground channel that conveys Snyder’s Run to the Susquehanna River, alleviating severe overflows such as occurred in 2011.  The Town will also undertake a $76,000 project to improve storm water drainage in the Port Noble neighborhood to prevent the backup of river water by installing gates and pumps.  Finally, sidewalks in the 900 block of West Main Street, where a number of homes were demolished as a result of flooding, will be replaced at a cost of $50,000.

Catawissa Borough has been approved for funding of $500,000 for repairs and improvements to the waste water treatment plant, including equipment damaged in the 2011 flooding.

Benton Borough will receive over $166,000 for stream bank stabilization along Park Street, which was heavily damaged in the flooding, as well as repairs to the road surface.

“The Disaster Recovery funds provided as a result of the 2011 storms will help restore our schools, homes and businesses without the financial burden of the long-term recovery efforts,” said Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary C. Alan Walker. “Disaster relief cannot be realized overnight, it is a long process and today’s announcement of assistance will provide the resources necessary restoring our communities.”


Todd B. Roup