Corbett asks federal government for disaster aid after thunderstorm damage

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HARRISBURG -- Gov. Tom Corbett said today he has asked the federal government for money to help the Pennsylvania and local governments and nonprofit groups recover from recent thunderstorms.

Corbett said he's seeking disaster aid for 14 counties that saw high winds, heavy rains and flooding from storms that started in late June.

Preliminary estimates put the total damage at about $20 million. In a letter to the White House, Corbett says he expects that figure to grow as more claims come in and repair work begins.

"I witnessed the devastation left behind by this ongoing series of severe weather, and it was evident early on that the damage is significant and our communities will require federal assistance to recover," he said.

If approved, federal funds could cover 75 percent of the cost of debris removal, emergency services and repairs to public facilities, such as roads, buildings and utilities.

Counties eligible include Allegheny, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Fayette, Huntingdon, Jefferson, Lackawanna, Lawrence, Schuylkill, Venango, Washington and Wayne.

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