2011-09-08 / Entertainment

Pa. Officials Hail Obama’s Disaster Declaration

Local Pennsylvania emergency officials are welcoming President Barack Obama’s disaster declaration that will send federal aid to at least five counties in the commonwealth following Hurricane Irene.

Obama on Saturday ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts after the heavy winds, rain and flooding struck Aug. 26-30, killing five people in Pennsylvania.

The federal funding will be available to state and local governments and some nonprofits for emergency work and repair in five Pennsylvania counties: Chester, Northampton, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Wyoming. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says more counties could receive assistance after additional assessments are made.

Robert Kagel, Chester County deputy director of emergency management, told The Philadelphia Inquirer that the speed of the declaration was especially welcome.

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