Columbia County also receives assistance for stream bank projects

(HARRISBURG) – – Bloomsburg will soon undertake five projects as a result of Disaster Relief Funding approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27) and Representative David Millard (R-109).  Community Development Block Grant funding was made available following Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene in 2011.  Sen. Gordner and Rep. Millard worked with Town officials and the Department to secure the funding.

The projects include:

  • $500,000 for reconstruction and widening of Fort McClure Boulevard from Route 11 to Fishing Creek, which was heavily damaged in the Lee flooding.
  • $500,000 for stream bank stabilization to Fishing Creek along First Street, which will restore the creek to its original location, line the stream bank with new stone and debris removal.
  • Nearly $194,000 for replacement of the severely damaged terminal building at Bloomsburg Airport, which will ensure continued compliance with federal requirements for municipal airports.
  • $49,000 to allow the Bloomsburg Municipal Authority to conduct mitigation activities to prevent future damages at the sewer plant.
  • $100,000 for Town planning to update plans, ordinances and response for mitigation of future flood events.

“Bloomsburg was hit hard by the storms of 2011, and this funding will not only allow for continued recovery, but for future planning to lessen effects of future storms,” said Senator Gordner.

“I considered these projects priorities for our area given the amount of destruction in Bloomsburg and the need for continued planning efforts to mitigate future damages,” said Representative Millard.

Town officials expect construction on the projects to begin next spring.

Additionally, Columbia County was awarded nearly $250,000 for four stream bank stabilization projects in the Village of Central, the Village of Grassmere Park, Orangeville Borough and Montour Township.


Todd B. Roup