County seeks input on recent flooding

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County is asking residents and businesses affected by flash flooding on July 2 to report property damage, either at a workshop meeting set for Mon­day in Duncansville or to the county Emergency Management Agency.

About 100 properties were damaged in Allegheny and Blair townships and in Duncansville where storms generated heavy rain and flooding, Director of Public Safety Mark Taylor said Tuesday.

Commissioners, while holding their weekly meeting Tuesday, ratified an emergency declaration that Chairman Bruce Erb signed Friday on behalf of the county and the three affected municipalities.

Taylor said he couldn’t estimate the damage cost at this time.

The damage isn’t enough to qualify for federal disaster funds, he said, but the collection of information about all flood-related damage could be helpful.

He told commissioners, “If enough damages are reported, then the victims of this flash flooding could possibly qualify for low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration to assist in restoring property and homes to a livable condition.”

The majority of the damage resulted from basement flooding, which typically affects washers, dryers and furnaces.

Of the estimated 100 damaged properties, Taylor said he would consider three to be significant, which includes one property owner who will need to seek foundation repairs.

Flooding workshop

Pennsylvania and Blair County emergency management agencies are arranging a workshop meeting from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday

at the Duncans­ville Community Center, 315 14th St., to collect information about flood damage sustained July 2.

Those who cannot attend the workshop are asked to call the county EMA office at 940-5905

to provide their information.