Harrisburg to get $1.65M for sinkhole relief


HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved a $1.65 million grant for Harrisburg to acquire and demolish homes in a neighborhood plagued by sinkholes since March 2014.

Congressmen Scott Perry and Lou Barletta said the initial funding will be used to acquire and demolish up to 25 homes, those at greatest risk, in the 1400 block of South 14th Street between Cloverly Terrace and Magnolia Street.

Officials are still working to obtain about $3.3 million in additional funds to cover remaining homes that are part of the project.

About 52 houses are in the affected area. At least nine have been condemned because of extensive damage.

Once the homes are demolished, the site will be excavated and zoned as green space.

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