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Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, 1:16 a.m.

As cleanup efforts in Armstrong County continue in the aftermath of Wednesday's rainstorm, area residents and business owners are being asked to report flood damage to local officials.

State Rep. Jeff Pyle, R-Ford City, said his office received close to 500 calls within the last couple of days from people seeking help and asking what they should do next.

Where to go for help

People should call Community Action for assistance, said county Emergency Management Director Randy Brozenick. Those numbers are 800-405-6252 or 724-548-3408.

Community Action will take each individual's information and match them with agencies who may be able to meet their immediate needs, Brozenick said. The agency will also provide daily reports to Brozenick to help him compile an assessment of the total storm damage.

The county needs to know the extent of damage done to roads, as well as any minor and major damage to residential and commercial properties, he said.

He said people should also contact their township supervisors and borough council members to report property damage so that each municipality has the required information for a disaster declaration request.

That request, along with damage totals obtained through Community Action, will be forwarded by Brozenick to Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA). From there, the request will head to state Gov. Tom Corbett before being sent to the president for final approval.

If there is a declaration of disaster for the affected areas, the county will set up a disaster recovery center where people can go directly for eligible assistance, said Brozenick.

Red Cross help

The Red Cross has mobilized local volunteers to provide nearly 500 clean-up kits to township and borough buildings in Westmoreland and Armstrong counties. In addition, the organization has provided immediate-disaster caused needs, including food, clothing and shelter, for seven adults.

Affected residents can pick up clean-up kits at any of these distribution sites in Armstrong:

• Ford City Township Building, 1000 Fourth Avenue and 10th Street in Ford City

• Cadogan Township Building, 333 First Avenue in Cadogan

• Kiski Township Building, 1222A Old State Road in Apollo

Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or

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