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FEMA denies request for emergency declaration for July storm that devastated parts of Berks

Berks County and other parts of Pennsylvania won’t be getting help from the federal government to cover the cost of efforts to recover from a July storm that flooded parts of the region and caused damage in much of the state.

In a letter to Gov. Josh Shapiro dated Tuesday, FEMA administrator Deanne Criswell wrote that the damage caused by the storm wasn’t bad enough to warrant federal assistance.

“Based on our review of all of the information available, it has been determined that the damage from this even was not of such severity and magnitude as to be beyond the capabilities of the commonwealth, affected local governments and voluntary agencies,” the letter reads. “Accordingly, we have determined that supplemental federal assistance is not necessary.”

The state applied for federal assistance on July 31, following a July 9 storm that devastated parts of the state. That included Berks, which was the area most severely hit.

The sate’s request asked for federal assistance specifically for Berks, as well as hazard mitigation assistance for the entire state.

The storm dumped 5 to 8 inches of rain on parts of Berks, flooding areas from Lower Alsace Township to Fleetwood to Oley Township and elsewhere.

The floodwaters causing significant damage to Antietam Middle-Senior High School, forcing the closure of the building for the start of the school year.

The storm and flooding also damaged a number of homes across the county.

Source: Berkshire mont

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