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Fayette to host briefing on flood aid

| Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, 7:33 p.m.

The good news for Fayette County municipalities, authorities, nonprofits and public safety agencies that sustained damage or incurred costs from last summer's flash floods is that they may be able to recover their costs from the federal government.

The bad news for private individuals is that no federal help was approved.

“The state did not get approved for assistance for individuals,” said Roy Shipley, director of the Fayette County Emergency Management Agency.

According to Shipley, aid is available for groups such as municipalities, municipal authorities, public safety agencies, fire companies, school districts and emergency medical agencies, among others. They can file for federal aid if their losses and/or expenses are over $1,000 for the flooding that occurred between June 26 and July 13.

A meeting has been scheduled for Oct. 31 at the Morrell Volunteer Fire Department, 1232 University Drive (Route 119), Connellsville. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. and the program will start at 1 p.m.

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) will conduct the session.

According to the release issued by Fayette County, “It is strongly encouraged that each potential applicant be accompanied by the person who will be processing the documentations for their reimbursements. This would include management, public works, and accounting/finance. During the briefing, application procedures, administrative requirements, funding, and program eligibility criteria will be addressed.”

Shipley said the county has already alerted those eligible agencies from a list developed at the time of the floods. But other agencies who may be eligible should come to the meeting to determine their eligibility.

Agencies planning to attend should RSVP to Susan Griffith, Fayette County at sgriffith@fcema.org or 724-430-1277 no later than Oct. 29.

Karl Polacek is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at kpolacek@tribweb.com or 724-626-3538.

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