CHESTER COUNTY, PA — The following statement is attributed to Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell, and Michelle Kichline:
“Over the past three days, it has been more evident than ever that in Chester County, the whole is immensely greater than the sum of its parts. Our individual communities have banded together as an incredible force to rescue people, care for people and meet the needs of those whose homes, businesses…lives…have been devastated by Hurricane Ida. These efforts have been nothing short of amazing: Neighbors rescuing neighbors; Family and friends opening their homes to those whose properties flooded; Clean-up crews coming together; and donations coming in.
The people we have met and talked with over the past few days have the most amazing stories of heroics and hope in the midst of destruction.
From Phoenixville and the north of the county, to Chadds Ford, Oxford and points south; from west to east, and centrally in Coatesville and Downingtown – the remnants of Ida brought with it damage that was fast and furious. Sadly, we lost one person in this historic storm, and our sincerest condolences go to family and friends who loved and knew him. The actions of our first responders were heroic, with more than 300 water rescues from vehicles, homes and businesses. Without the brave and swift responses of those emergency workers on the front line, we fear there may have been more lives lost. Four of our first responders were injured during rescue operations.
Now that the waters have receded, the next phase of our community response begins. Help to find accommodation for those who had to evacuate their homes. Clean up of homes, businesses, schools, playgrounds, parks and roads. Damage assessment of homes and businesses. Important information and help can be found at chesco.org/ida.
If you, or anyone you know, is still in need of housing assistance, please call 2-1-1 any time day or night, and select 2, 2, 1 on all of the prompts. Please identify as a flood victim and the referral assistance will be prioritized.
Reporting damage to homes and businesses
Flood damage to homes and businesses must be assessed and self-reported to the municipality where the home or business is located. A damage assessment form has been created to capture the critical initial information, making it easier to provide relevant damage information. As the clean-up process begins, it is important to document everything with photos of the damage and receipts for repairs and cleaning.
Contact details for all Chester County municipalities can be found here.
Flood Recovery Guide
For additional resources on cleaning up after the flood, please refer to Chester County’s Flood Recovery Guide.
Many of Chester County government services are in place to help at times such as this.
- Our 9-1-1 center took more than 4,000 calls during the height of the storm on Wednesday and into Thursday.
- Our Department of Community Development is helping to find housing for individuals and families who cannot yet return to their homes. In some instances, this may be for a significant period of time.
- Before, during and after the storm, our Water Resources Authority staff monitored conditions at the county’s four flood control dams. Combined, these dams have over 1.1 billion gallons of flood storage capacity, providing flood protection to communities downstream, including Downingtown and Coatesville.
The collective Chester County community response has been impressive: Clean-up crews appearing up and down the streets where devastation was greatest; organized collections of food, water, toiletries, clothing, toys; financial donations, and more.
We are grateful for everyone who is giving time, resources and material goods for those in need. And we thank those who are organizing the response. Your actions show that Chester County truly cares.”
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