City of Sunbury Receives State Grant to Address Flooding Issue

(HARRISBURG) – The City of Sunbury, in coordination with SEDA-Council of Governments, has been awarded a Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $1,000,000 through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27) and Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-108).

Specifically, the grant will be utilized to alleviate flooding issues in the area of the Reagan Street Underpass.  When significant rain events occur, the existing stormwater system cannot accommodate the flow and the stormwater backs up through the storm drains, resulting in the flooding of Reagan Street.  The project will replace the current 15” combined stormwater/sewer line with a new 48” line that will become the new sewer line from Front Street to Fourth Street along Reagan Street.

“I am pleased that Governor Tom Wolf and DCED have chosen to make this important grant award in the City of Sunbury,” said Senator Gordner.  “These funds will help to address an area that deals with significant flooding issues on a regular basis.”

“Reagan Street is essential for the movement of traffic through the city,” said Representative Culver. “By addressing these lingering flooding concerns, we can avoid costly backlogs and allow people to move freely about the area.”

Reagan Street is a major east/west artery, which leads to several businesses and the hospital.

“SEDA-COG is thrilled to have been able to partner with the City Council, Mayor and staff in resolution of this long-term problem,” said Bill Seigel, Executive Director of SEDA-COG.  “With the support of Senator Gordner, Representative Culver and DCED the quality of life, health and safety of our citizens will be enhanced.  This infrastructure investment represents another critical step in flood resiliency in our region.”

“We are very grateful to Senator Gordner and Representative Culver for their support of much needed infrastructure improvements in Sunbury,” said Sunbury City Administrator Jody Ocker on behalf of the Mayor and the City Council. “This grant will allow us to eliminate a longstanding flooding problem at the Reagan Street underpass and continue improving our sewer and water systems.  Our collaboration with the Sunbury Municipal Authority and PennDOT is remarkable and gives us the best value for our efforts. We also appreciate the phenomenal support from SEDA COG in the grant application process.”

CDBG Competitive grants are awarded through DCED for community facilities and infrastructure improvement projects. 


CONTACT:  Mike Stephens (717) 787-8928