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Obama declares portions of Pennsylvania as disaster areas

| Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011

President Barack Obama declared portions of Pennsylvania affected by Hurricane Irene as disaster areas, which opens the way for federal aid to supplement state and local efforts.

Federal funding is available to the state and eligible local governments and to certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair of facilities damaged by Hurricane Irene in Chester, Northampton, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Wyoming counties.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties in the Commonwealth.

W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, named Thomas J. McCool as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.

FEMA said that damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and more counties and additional forms of assistance may be designated after the assessments are fully completed.

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