USDA to fund flood control efforts in North Huntingdon, Scottdale |

USDA to fund flood control efforts in North Huntingdon, Scottdale

Jacob Tierney
Jacob Tierney | Tribune-Review
Workers begin repairs of a sinkhole that opened beneath the playground outside North Huntingdon KinderCare preschool Thurdsay, July 11, 2019.

Westmoreland County will receive a cut of $1.9 million in federal funds to help prevent flooding, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

The USDA will spend the money to develop watershed project plans and conduct feasibility studies in Lancaster, Chester, Westmoreland and Wyoming Counties.

In Westmoreland County, officials will work to stem flooding from Jacob’s Creek and the connected streams in Scottdale and East Huntingdon.

The region has struggled with frequent flooding over the last several years because of heavier-than average rain.

July flooding caused a sinkhole outside a North Huntingdon daycare center, forcing its evacuation.

North Huntingdon residents have repeatedly gone to officials with the township and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers asking for solutions to the frequent flooding.

More than $150 million from the USDA will be spent on similar projects nationwide.

Jacob Tierney is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jacob at 724-836-6646, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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