(HARRISBURG) – Punxsutawney Borough will receive $118,896 in state grants to complete a study required to determine concerns and issues with the existing levee system, state Senator Cris Dush (R-25) and state Rep. Brian Smith (R-66) announced today.
“This crucial state funding will assist Punxsutawney in taking the steps needed to enhance safety and protect from potential flooding,” Senator Dush said. “I am pleased to be able to work with our local leaders including former state Senator Joe Scarnati to bring this funding home. This support is essential to making certain that important public improvements can be made without overburdening local taxpayers.”
“Funding this study will go a long way in identifying feasible solutions to help to reduce frequent flooding in Punxsutawney Borough at the source,” Rep. Smith said. “I look forward to continuing to work with our community leaders to fully address the problems directly connected to the existing levee system.”
The study is a prerequisite for the borough to keep its accreditation through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s updated Flood Insurance Rate Map. The grant is part of the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s (CFA) Flood Mitigation fund, which is designed to help local entities offset flood prevention costs.
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