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Flooded Allegheny County businesses may get some federal help

| Saturday, July 13, 2013, 9:31 p.m.

Allegheny County is hoping to get federal aid for some businesses hit by floods this past week.

County workers visited Scott and Findlay Friday and Saturday to do damage assessments, said Steve Wilharm, the county's emergency manager. The county is also assessing Oakdale, Bridgeville, Elizabeth Township and Elizabeth Borough, Lincoln, South Park, Upper St. Clair and West Elizabeth before state and federal emergency officials visit the region this week, county officials said.

Local municipalities are limited in what they can seek because so few homes — probably less than 30 ­— had flooding on the first floor, which is what's required for emergency grants, Wilharm said.

The county may be able to show that more than 25 businesses had major uninsured losses, which would qualify them for low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration, he added.

Torrential rain arrived in two waves Wednesday, hitting some areas with as much 3 inches in 3 hours while ground was already saturated from other recent storms. It flooded roads and basements, and toppled trees, leaving more than 10,000 people without power into Thursday.

Duquesne Light restored power Friday night to the final 116 customers in Mt. Lebanon, Shaler, Duquesne and Hopewell.

The American Red Cross gave out more than 200 clean-up kits, mostly to Mon Valley communities, on Thursday and Friday, spokeswoman Lauren C. Ashley said.

Timothy Puko is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7991 or tpuko@tribweb.com.

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