Governor asking for federal disaster assistance for historic snowstorm

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Governor Tom Wolf is asking for federal funding after last month’s historic blizzard.

The governor has requested federal disaster assistance to help cover the $55 million dollars spent statewide to respond to last month’s historic snow.

“Smaller local municipalities could possibly have entertained the idea of what that snow removal was going to cost them, so they probably had to draw monies from other intended projects in order just to meet snow removal requirement,” said Steve Libhart, director emergency management for Dauphin County.

Many areas across the state received 30 inches of snow in 48 hours. The governor is asking that 75 percent of the money spent be reimbursed.

“It is a very big deal, in particular for the smaller municipalities with smaller budgets. I am sure they just felt like their hands were tied and they were between a rock and a hard place, so this is, at least, a means to kind of relieve them of some of that,” Libhart said.

President Obama is expected to make a decision in the next few weeks.

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