HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Gov. Tom Wolf has asked President Barack Obama to declare last month’s historic snowstorm a major disaster in Pennsylvania.
If the governor’s request is approved, the federal government would reimburse municipalities up to 75 percent of overtime, materials, and other costs incurred during the Jan. 22-23 storm.
Wolf said municipal, county and state agencies spent more than $55 million to respond to the storm. He said in many places, it wiped out an entire year’s budget for snow response and removal.
The governor’s office said 26 counties have already met the federal criteria for disaster aid. Those counties are Adams, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Mifflin, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, Somerset, Snyder, Westmoreland, and York.
Wolf’s request also includes Cambria, Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, and Union counties.