Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development

Tom Wolf, Governor
Dennis M. Davin, Secretary

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Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR)

In 2011, Pennsylvania was impacted by three declarations of Presidential Disaster Areas, including two major storm systems within 12 days of each other.

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has allocated to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania $27,142,501 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery Funds for recovery efforts to be known as CDBG-DR 2012 and $29,986,000 in CDBG Disaster Recovery Funds to be known as CDBG-DR 2013. The funds will be used to meet unmet housing, infrastructure and economic revitalization needs in counties designated as Presidential Disaster Areas during 2011.

Recovery Process

The recovery process is a long-term process and must be coordinated with other federal, state, local and private resources. This funding is for local governments and other eligible entities to use for disaster relief, long-term recovery activities and mitigation, except for those activities reimbursable by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, available through the Small Business Administration or the National Flood Insurance Program.

Eligible Applicants

This disaster recovery funding is available to any unit of local government in the commonwealth, including those that qualify as direct federal entitlement communities or urban counties under the CDBG program that were identified under the Presidential Declaration. The 36 declared counties are: Adams, Bedford, Berks, Bradford, Bucks, Chester, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wayne, Wyoming and York. DCED is required to allot 80 percent of the allocation for the following five hardest hit counties (Bradford, Columbia, Dauphin, Luzerne and Wyoming).


April Storms (Designation in July 2011)

The first designation occurred due to severe storms and flooding during the period of April 25–28, 2011, which impacted five counties in the northern tier of Pennsylvania near the New York border. These counties received aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to support public facility/infrastructure damages and the commonwealth’s and local response efforts.

Hurricane Irene

Pennsylvania was impacted by Hurricane Irene beginning late Friday, August 26, 2011 with scattered rain showers across the state. Some areas received in excess of five inches of rain over a 36-hour period. The excessive rain amounts caused major to catastrophic flash flooding in some areas of the commonwealth. The designated area included all counties bordering New Jersey and several in Northeast Pennsylvania.

Tropical Storm Lee

Tropical Storm Lee began impacting Pennsylvania on the evening of Tuesday, September 6, 2011. Statewide rainfall totals of 5.5 to 15.37 inches fell over the first 48 hours of the storm. Tropical Storm Lee left significant amounts of water over almost all of the eastern two-thirds of the commonwealth, affecting the Delaware and Susquehanna River basins.

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