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.
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.”
full letter is available here.