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Legislative Package to Help With Flood Recovery, Pickett Says
HARRISBURG – Legislative action is needed to help families, individuals, businesses and local governments fully recover from last fall’s major flooding that devastated areas of the Northern Tier, and the state House has passed a series of bills in the past two weeks aimed at offering that assistance, said Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna).

“The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has finished its assessment of damages caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee last fall, and with this final tally, we are able to move forward and help our communities deal with ongoing recovery efforts,” Pickett said. “This bill package would help set up, finalize and formalize the state’s response so that we can take advantage of federal funding that is still available and move forward on items that still need our attention.”

The bill package would include House Bill 1916, which would compile a county-by-county list of flood control and hazard mitigation projects that could be funded through the Capital Budget Act, and House Bill 2077, which would offer additional assistance to certain employers to supplement compensation received from private insurance and the federal government.

“These two bills are especially important as House Bill 1916 will help prevent future flood damage by focusing attention on areas that are more flood-prone, and House Bill 2077 allows eligible employers to recoup more of their losses through insurance,” Pickett said. “These are just two key pieces that will help offer more assistance to our communities that are still struggling from last year’s storms and subsequent flooding.”

Other bills in the package would allow local taxing bodies to decrease real estate taxes for properties substantially affected by the flood, with the tax decrease being directly proportionate to damage of property. Another bill would authorize a county-by-county list of bridges and railroad bridges affected by the flood that need rehabilitation and need to be added to the Capital Budget Act.

All of the bills now go to the Senate for its consideration.

State Representative Tina Pickett
110th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Jennifer Keaton
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