Wolf: Feds deny Pa. snowstorm appeal
Snow way, Pa.
President Donald Trump and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have again quashed Pennsylvania's request for a federal disaster declaration that would pave the way for financial assistance to flow into nine counties hit hardest by Winter Storm Stella in March.
A federal disaster declaration for public assistance would provide reimbursement of up to 75 percent of the costs incurred on eligible expenses for a 48-hour time period.
The Wolf administration has said the storm resulted in damage costs of about $7.2 million.
Acting FEMA Administrator Robert J. Fenton wrote to Wolf: "After a thorough review of all the information contained in your initial request and appeal, we reaffirm our original findings that the impact from this event is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration. Therefore, I must inform you that your appeal for a major disaster declaration is denied."
Wolf on Tuesday said that the president's latest move means Pennsylvania is out of alternatives.
"At this point, we have exhausted our options for filing an appeal through the Federal Emergency Management Agency," the governor said.
"It's unfortunate that the President didn't grant our request for a declaration, and the citizens of northeast Pennsylvania will be the ones to suffer the financial impact of this decision."