Dauphin County says flood mitigation is slow, but progressing

Flooding on Front Street, Harrisburg
Flooding on Front Street, Harrisburg

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Dauphin County Commissioners on Wednesday discussed the latest update regarding flood mitigation and recovery following the flood in 2011.

Around this time five years ago, many people in Dauphin County were still waterlogged from a week’s worth of flooding in the wake of Tropical Storm Lee. Commissioners estimated the storm did $150 million worth of damage.

Through federal funding from FEMA and the Community Development Block Grant Program, the county has received $14 million which paid for 38 projects and 401 individual construction jobs.

The work completed included bridge repair, retaining wall repair and construction, storm sewer improvements, house acquisition, and well construction. Several municipalities are in the county’s flood mitigation program in order to reduce flood insurance rates through completion of states under FEMA.

Commissioner Jeff Haste asked people to trust the process, which he explained is painstakingly slow when it involves the federal government.

“It’s slow,” Haste said, “but I know everybody is doing everything they can to make sure it happens as quickly as possible.”

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