After flash floods, Wolf calls on federal authorities to lower assistance thresholds | Friday morning coffee


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With parts of Pennsylvania hit hard by flash floods this summer, Governor Tom Wolf called on the federal government to lower its aid thresholds to make it easier to send aid to these affected communities.

In a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency that his office made public on Thursday, Wolf noted that “Floods are one of the most significant and recurring dangers in the Commonwealth. In 2019 alone, more than 5,200 homes in Pennsylvania were damaged by flooding; however, no incident met the federal threshold required to submit an individual assistance request.

While U.S. Small Business Administration the loans “offer some assistance, and my administration is working diligently to support recovery efforts … significant gaps remain when socially vulnerable populations cannot qualify for loans when these localized events fall below federal thresholds of damage assessment ‘, Wolf argued.

In his letter, Wolf stated that it is no longer true that people who live in or near floodplains are exempt from the risk of flooding, noting that, since 1993, 96 percent of flood incidents in the state that have been reported to the National Weather Service occurred outside of floodplains.

“Despite this, many landlords and renters do not believe that flood insurance is necessary, many are not required to purchase it by their lender or landlord, or, in the case of our most socially vulnerable communities. , many are unable to afford the additional expenses, ” Wolf wrote.

Flooding in Bucks County on 7/12/21 (Photo via, used with permission).

Parts of Bucks County were hit by historic flooding last month, forcing some area residents to be evacuated from their homes,, an editorial partner of the Pennsylvania Capital-Star, reported at the time.

In a report, Wolf said that these “short-lived, high-intensity localized precipitation events cause significant damage and impacts on human lives, but they rarely reach the thresholds necessary for [individual] federal disaster assistance.

According to, the National Meteorological Service said 6 to 10 inches of rain fell between northeast Philadelphia and Florence, NJ over a three to four hour period during that flash flood last month. The storm is estimated to have been a hundred year flood, reported.

Wolf go around Bucks County communities affected by this flooding. In addition to Bucks County, parts of Philadelphia and Tioga County in northern Pennsylvania were also affected by the heavy rains, the administration said.

“Based on the results of a damage investigation, the damage in these counties, as well as the neighboring counties of Bradford, Delaware, Lehigh, Lycoming, Montgomery, Northampton and Potter, met the criteria for financial assistance by through the US Small Business Administration (SBA), ”the administration said in its statement. Wolf requested, and successfully obtained an emergency declaration by the SBA for the benefit of affected citizens, the administration said.

“While my administration works diligently to support recovery efforts, significant gaps remain when these localized events do not meet federal damage assessment thresholds.” Wolf noted. “As a result, the victims have to pick up the pieces with little or no financial support. i ask that FEMA adjust the thresholds to better reflect current weather trends which, due to climate change, are causing these intense torrential rains and impacting communities, including those that do not typically experience flooding.

Pennsylvania State Capitol. (Capital-Star photo by Cassie Miller.)

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The United States Supreme Court in Washington DC (Flickr Commons)

Somewhere else.
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