Disaster Information

 Commonwealth Receives Federal Aid for Severe Storms in August


Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the federal government has granted his request for Public Assistance to reimburse state agencies, county and municipal governments and other eligible private non-profits for costs associated with severe storms that brought heavy rainfall and severe flash flooding to parts of Pennsylvania from August 10 to 15, 2018.

“Historic rainfall this summer created a financial disaster for many communities across the state,” Governor Wolf said. “We hope that our request for Individual Assistance, which was submitted at the same time, is also granted.”

Public Assistance was awarded to the following counties: Bradford, Columbia, Lackawanna, Lycoming, Montour, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga and Wyoming. The governor’s request for Individual Assistance, which would make a variety of programs available to citizens to meet their recovery needs, is still under review by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Through the Public Assistance program, applicants can be reimbursed up to 75 percent of the costs incurred on eligible expenses, such as but not limited to: costs associated with paying overtime, repairs to damaged infrastructure, equipment rentals and materials.

Over the coming weeks, staff from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency will hold meetings with applicants to thoroughly review all application documentation before forwarding it to FEMA. The process is expected to take several weeks, and all reimbursements are handled electronically.

In order to request Public Assistance, the commonwealth overall must meet a threshold of $19,053,569. Estimated costs associated with this incident period total nearly $62.8 million. The governor signed a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency, which is a required step in order to request federal aid, for this storm on August 17.


MEDIA CONTACT: J.J. Abbott, 717-783-1116
Ruth Miller (PEMA), ruthmiller@pa.gov

The following are known roads that are closed. When traveling please proceed with caution and allow for extra time.


UPDATED ROAD CLOSURES 12/14/2018, 8:30 A.M.



  • Station Rd in Alfred (LONG TERM)



  • Bridge on Carter Road, just off SR 2024 (LONG TERM)



  • SR 1037, Steam Hollow Road between Johnson and Dubois St (LONG TERM)
  • SR 1022 (Liberty Park Road) bridge at 29 all closed (LONG TERM)
  • SR 3029 Forest Lake Road closed 706 to Warner Rd (LONG TERM)
  • SR 2055 Wickizer Road – Closed from 167 to Main Street Kingsley (LONG TERM)