CONGRESSMAN BOYLE LEADS PHILADELPHIA DELEGATION LETTER TO GOV WOLF URGING DECLARATION OF DISASTER DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER
PHILADELPHIA - In response to the impact of this week's severe weather on our region, all three members of Philadelphia’s U.S. House Congressional Delegation, Representatives Brendan Boyle (PA-02), Dwight Evans (PA-01) and Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05), jointly called upon Governor Wolf to request federal support in the form of a major disaster declaration, and, that the Governor utilize any and all state and federal disaster relief support at his disposal:
In the letter, the three House members explain how the severe weather has impacted the City of Philadelphia:
Within a 24 hour period, Philadelphia County and its surrounding counties have seen unprecedented amounts of heavy rainfall and other severe weather. That rainfall has resulted in record flooding along a number of waterways in Philadelphia, as well as across our region. As a result, our offices have already been contacted by a significant number of residents who are reporting extensive damage to their homes and property, and we expect many more such reports in the hours and days to come.
The Philadelphia House delegation also urge Governor Wolf to use any and all state and federal disaster relief support at his disposal:
Given the widespread scope of the damage across our congressional districts and the surrounding area, we respectfully ask that you consider making available any and all state resources to support the City of Philadelphia and its residents, as well as requesting federal support in the form of a major disaster declaration. These steps would allow for the greatest provision of resources to aid the residents across Philadelphia and Southeastern Pennsylvania who’ve been devasted by yesterday’s storm and subsequent flooding.
Representatives Boyle, Evans and Scanlon closed the letter to Governor Wolf with a pledge of support for the Commonwealth and to continue joint effort at the local, state and federal authorities during the severe weather recovery process.
A full copy of the letter can be found HERE .