Allentown, P.A.—U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) today urged President Joe Biden to approve Governor Tom Wolf’s request for a major disaster declaration for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania due to damage incurred from Tropical Depression Ida.
 
“Preliminary joint damage assessments conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the state of Pennsylvania estimate that damages currently stand at $117 million. This likely does not capture the extent of the damages as assessments from Chester and Fulton counties have yet to be completed. Additionally, at least five fatalities have occurred in the Commonwealth as a result of this event,” wrote Senator Toomey. “As emergency response measures proceed in these counties, costs continue to escalate and local resources are unable to keep pace. Granting emergency aid through the Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act will allow access to federal resources and programs designed to facilitate a successful recovery.”
 

The full letter is available here