Gov. Wolf seeks federal aid to cover $55M in snowstorm costs

The Associated Press

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf is asking for federal disaster aid to help Pennsylvania cover costs from last month’s massive snowstorm.

Some shovelers chose to try to keep up with the snow in the Avenues Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016.

Wolf sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking that he declare a major disaster in Pennsylvania to reimburse 31 counties for storm costs.

He says municipal, county and state agencies spent more than $55 million to respond to the historic storm between Jan. 22 and Jan. 23.

Wolf says “in many places, it wiped out an entire year’s budget for snow response and removal, and winter isn’t over yet.”

The storm dumped over 30 inches on some areas, and broke snowfall records in cities like Harrisburg and Allentown.