York County officials are still accepting damage reports from superstorm Sandy last month, but it appears most losses have already been logged.
After about two weeks of reporting, the county lists only two properties destroyed. They were both mobile homes, said county spokesman Carl Lindquist.
There were 48 reports -- 47 homes and one business -- of damage that impaired the usability of the property, with most damage caused by minor-to-moderate flooding, Lindquist said.
Twenty homes were otherwise damaged, including shingles or siding affected by wind.
But it's up to state and federal officials to determine whether Yorkers will be eligible for public assistance if a federal disaster declaration is made, he said.
Eligibility: The county must have sustained at least $1.5 million in damage to meet the threshold for public assistance, said Ruth Miller, deputy press secretary for the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.
The state as a whole must sustain damage totaling about $17.4 million to be eligible, she said.
Even if York County damage totaled $5 million, Yorkers wouldn't be eligible if the state didn't reach the $17.4 million threshold, she said.
"Keep in mind that at this point, we don't have a federal disaster declaration anyway," she said.
PEMA will decide whether the state will seek federal aid, and state and county officials are still soliciting reports.
Still time to report: Lindquist said a deadline has not been set for submission of damage reports, which are being collected through the county's website.
To report damage, visit www.yorkcountypa.gov and click on "Emergency
Services," then "Emergency Management." From that site, click on the link for "Damage Reporting" on the left.
To report by phone, call the county at 840-2990.
Regardless of whether federal aid is requested and granted, people seeking assistance can call the FIRST referral line at 755-1000. FIRST can direct people to local organizations that might be able to offer assistance with storm cleanup and other needs, Lindquist said.
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