Heavy Rains, Flooding throughout Southeastern PA

Ryan Heenan
Ryan Heenan
Published on August 24, 2018

This year has been one of the wettest in Southeastern PA history. Flash flooding on August 13th caused severe damage throughout the area. There were many delays and road closures, including major thoroughfares like I-76, I-276, I-95, and parts of Route 30. Thousands of homes and businesses have been affected by the massive storm. 

Governor Tom Wolf said a public inquiry hotline is now available to citizens who need assistance cleaning up after devastating flooding in Pennsylvania, including the southeastern portion of the commonwealth. “We’re working with volunteer organizations that have offered to help residents in these communities,” said Wolf. “I know that some of these survivors have been hit multiple times in the last few weeks, and the willingness of these volunteers to do this hard work is greatly appreciated.” Anyone who would like to request help should call 272-200-3211 for assistance. The hotline will be staffed daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., including weekends, through Friday, Aug. 31.

Volunteers will provide physical labor, such as mucking out basements, removing damaged flooring and drywall, and removing debris. Callers will need to provide basic information, including but not limited to their addresses, the type of work they need help with, and the status of utility services at their sites. Callers will also need to verbally give permission for call takers to share their information with the volunteer organizations. PEMA Director Rick Flinn said that while every effort will be made to help those who need it, the responding organizations will prioritize service delivery according to their own criteria and ability to assist.

Locally, Radnor commissioners have issued a disaster declaration. The declaration opens the door to allow residents and businesses affected by the flooding to apply for loans from the Small Business Association. Affected residents and business owners should contact Police Sgt. George Smith, who is the township’s dedicated emergency management operations commander, to file paperwork. Larry Bak of Delaware County Emergency Management Services said the disaster declaration was the first thing needed for residents and businesses to request loans, depending on whether their losses meet the criteria. He encouraged them to clean up and remove damaged carpets, appliances and drywall, but also to document them. A separate funding track for municipal losses is also available. “It’s been a very difficult time for so many of you,” said Commissioners President Lisa Borowski. “We are going to work hard and make some improvements… We are committed. We know that stormwater is a priority and definitely a priority for this board.”

For some, this storm is an important reminder to create a stormwater management plan specific to your own property.

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Source: Daily Times; 8/22/2018

Source: Daily Local; 8/20/2018

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