Casey: $25 Million in Federal Funding Will Help Protect Southeastern Pennsylvania from Disasters

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) this week announced over $25 million in federal funding for Southeastern Pennsylvania disaster mitigation and flood protection from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The funding comes through two grant programs intended to improve climate and disaster resiliency across the Nation. The Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant program provides proactive funding for communities to prepare for potential climate disasters like a hurricane, flood or wildfire. The Flood Mitigation Assistance provides grant funding to reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage, such as floodplain and stream restoration or stormwater management projects.

“As we continue to face the dire consequences of the climate crisis, we must ensure regions at risk are protected. Philadelphia and communities across Southeastern Pennsylvania experienced unbelievable destruction from Hurricane Ida, and many are still recovering and rebuilding,” said Senator Casey. “This funding will be instrumental in preventing serious damage when disaster strikes and will make communities safer. I will continue fighting to bring infrastructure funding to Pennsylvania and work with my colleagues to pass commonsense legislation that addresses the catastrophic effects of the climate crisis.”

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In March, Philadelphia received $98 million in funding for disaster relief and economic revitalization from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania received an additional $23 million for surrounding counties following the destruction after Hurricane Ida, which impacted nearly 1,200 homes in Southeastern Pennsylvania and caused $117 million in damage to public infrastructure in the region.

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