HOLLIDAYSBURG - Blair County municipalities, school districts and agencies will receive about $375,000 from the federal government to cover 75 percent of the money spent cleaning up after February's heaviest snowstorm.
Blair County Emergency Management Director Dan Boyles coordinated the effort to pursue Federal Emergency Management Agency funds that are available when communities experience emergencies.
"Once we proved to the state that we met the threshold, that was just the beginning," Boyles said. "It took a lot of paperwork ... and it was a drawn-out affair ... but I think it worked out real well."
Reimbursements, based on amounts Boyles provided Tuesday to Blair County commissioners, will range from $877 for Family Services Inc. to $96,606 for the City of Altoona. Municipalities, school districts and nonprofit agencies were all able to apply.
Boyles said the latest figures indicate Blair County entities spent close to $500,000 for the cleanup. FEMA's reimbursement, Boyles said, is set at 75 percent of the eligible expenditures.
The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency's reimbursement level is up to 25 percent of the expense, but it has not made any payments, Boyles said.
Commissioner Diane Meling praised Boyles for coordinating the effort to gather information and prepare it for submission to the state.
"You've got to keep records from start to finish," Boyles said.
Frankstown Township Secretary Beverly Henderson told supervisors Tuesday night that she received a letter about the reimbursement, and the township will get $21,068.46.
That amount is 75 percent of the township's eligible expenditures of $28,091. Henderson said she and road crew foreman Paul Singer Jr. calculated costs of the snowstorm cleanup, then submitted them to Boyles.
Boyles said that the recipients are all appreciative of the financial help.
Many incurred substantial expenses because road crews often were working nonstop and on overtime to plow and keep roads open.
Between 18.5 and 20.5 inches of snow fell in Altoona during the Feb. 5-6 storm, putting it in the top three of the area's heaviest snowstorms, the National Weather Service in State College reported.
Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 946-7456.