Flooding has once again impacted areas in Sullivan County. The Commissioners have visited many of the worst sites and have been in routine contact with elected officials and agencies at state and Federal levels. This communication is essential for managing recovery efforts and to obtain information on potential funding sources. County personnel are conducting field surveys to ascertain damage to bridges and residential properties impacted by flooding. These efforts begin the recovery process and are critical for establishing damage totals which will be reported to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA).
Useful information has been posted to the Sullivan County website regarding flood response under the Public Notices section. It can also be found on the Sullivan County Facebook page. For example, you will currently find Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) guidelines for maintaining streams posted to our social media. The county serves primarily as an information center to direct you to the appropriate local, state, and Federal agencies.
One way everyone can help is to keep track of damage and damage mitigation costs and report it to your local municipality. Total municipal expenses are combined at the county level, and the county then reports figures at a regional level. The damage totals from a regional perspective will help determine our eligibility for state and Federal disaster recovery aid programs. Since there is a minimum amount needed to reach, it is very important that everyone reports their damage.
While the county has no direct funds to assist property owners, we are more than willing to help direct impacted property owners to the appropriate resource. Once again, the Commissioners would like to thank our Fire and EMS volunteers for responding to those in need. Your dedication is unmatched and so critical at times like this.