Last week's storm caused some big headaches for homeowners and municipalities in the area, but York County might not be eligible for federal relief.
Both York County and the state need to meet damage thresholds to be eligible for funding. The county must show $1.5 million in total losses from the storm, but it won't be eligible for relief if the state can't also show $17.4 million in damage.
The county has been collecting reports to send them to the state if money is made available to help fund repairs, but county spokesman Carl Lindquist said it's unlikely the thresholds will be met.
Reports so far include nine individuals who either contacted the county to report damage or whose information was obtained based on 911 call logs, Lindquist said.
Paradise Township reported five homes with damage, four because of water in their basements or first floors and one because of a basement wall collapse, Lindquist said. On the municipal level, the township reported damage to three culverts and a roadway.
In West Manchester Township, 100 homes had minor damage, and there were 100 homes with minimal damage, he said.
The township also reported minor damage to seven bridges or culverts, as well as an estimated $60,000 in damage to the West Market Street Sewer Pump Station.
The county reports the damage to the state, and the state estimates the dollar amount, Lindquist said.
But based on reports to York County and from other counties affected by the rains, "we do not believe these thresholds will be met," Lindquist said.
Depending on their needs, people might be able to receive help through a United Way program called FIRST. FIRST can be reached by calling 211 or 755-1000. For more information, visit http://www.unitedway-york.org/first-pa-211.
York County residents can report damage to the county by visiting http://yorkcountypa.gov/emergency-services/emergency-management-office/report-damages-recover/damage-reporting.html.
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