WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA-02) announced today that residents of Philadelphia, Montgomery and nine other Pennsylvania counties will receive federal disaster relief under an expanded federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Irene.
Federal assistance for individuals and households was authorized today for Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Sullivan, and Wyoming Counties. Direct aid for emergency work and the repair and replacement of disaster-damaged public facilities for Philadelphia, Delaware, Luzerne, Pike and Wayne counties has also been authorized under today's expanded order, Fattah said.
"This has been a bipartisan effort involving the governor, the mayor and the Congressional delegation to assure Philadelphians and the rest of our state that they will have the federal help they need and deserve in recovering from this devastating storm," Fattah said. "This expanded declaration is welcome news and reflects the reality of where this hurricane did its damage."
Fattah earlier had called for widespread federal disaster relief, toured flood damage with Governor Tom Corbett and visited FEMA regional headquarters with Mayor Michael Nutter.