Williams Votes to Extend Flood Emergency Declaration

PA State Rep. Craig WilliamsPA State Rep. Craig Williams

HARRISBURG, PA — As a prime co-sponsor, Rep. Craig Williams (R- Delaware/Chester) voted this week in support of House Resolution 139, which would extend the provisions of Gov. Tom Wolf’s Aug.  31 disaster emergency declaration relative to the aftereffects of Hurricane Ida.

The 160th District was badly hit with flooding, particularly in the historic district of Chadds Ford Township. The Brandywine Creek crested over 21 feet, which is the biggest flood in the history of Chadds Ford. The first floor of some businesses and homes were completely flooded, causing damage to the ceilings. In Pocopson Township, some resident’s homes were completely swept away, off their foundations.

“I am proud to extend my support of this crucial measure,” said Williams. “In May, Pennsylvania voters approved two constitutional amendments giving the Legislature a greater say in the management of disaster emergency situations, this is the exact type of cooperative management they expected.

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“Hurricane Ida had a serious impact on many of the residents and businesses in Chadds Ford and Pocopson townships,” stated Williams. “As that extensive recovery effort continues, renewing the disaster declaration is clearly necessary. I will continue to work hard to bring the help I know they need.”

The Chadds Ford Township Disaster Recovery Center will be open Mondays thru Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Chadds Ford Township Building, 10 Ring Road, Chadds Ford, for residents and businesses recovering from the catastrophic damages caused by Hurricane Ida. Walk-ins are welcome.

For counties with major disaster declarations, assistance may include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover.

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To view Williams’ comments during the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee and on the House floor regarding House Resolution 139, visit www.repcraigwilliams.com.

Tuesday, the House voted unanimously in support of House Resolution 139. It was introduced by Rep. Shelby Labs (R-Bucks) and would extend the disaster emergency declaration until Oct. 27, 2021.

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