| Central Penn Business Journal
After the flood, now what?
It's hard to assess the sheer amount of monetary damage caused by the flooding from Tropical Storm Lee.
While the Susquehanna River and Swatara Creek — those that caused so much, but clearly not all, of the damage to the midstate — have mostly retreated back within their banks, only now are business owners beginning to get an idea of the damage they've sustained.
While some Cameron Street businesses and those in downtown Harrisburg and just across the river on the West Shore still struggle with mud, rotting or damaged inventories and what hopefully is only a temporary loss of customers, many other businesses in outlying areas — including Manheim, Hershey, Lebanon and York — also are wondering if their businesses will rebound at all.
No one's gone on the record yet regarding monetary losses to businesses; midstate damage, however, will reach far into the millions, and billions throughout the state.
President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency for 42 counties, including Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York. The declaration allows homeowners and businesses to qualify for reimbursement and loans through the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. Money also would help repair roads and infrastructure.
How long do you think it will take for businesses to recover? Will they?