Dunbar Announces $325,000 to Improve City of Jeannette’s Flood Protection System
10/21/2014
HARRISBURG – Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland) announced today that the Commonwealth Financing Authority has approved the City of Jeannette’s request for $325,000 in flood mitigation funding to improve the city’s existing flood protection system.

“State government can only do so much to mitigate flood hazards and risks,” said Dunbar. “With limited resources, it is important that we proactively take steps to maximize the opportunities for recovery and minimize future threats. Every dollar that comes into the city, such as this grant, is another dollar that can be used to reduce the risk of significant property damage to homes, businesses, roads, bridges and other structures whenever future flooding occurs.”

As per an agreement with the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the City of Jeannette will use this $325,000 grant to relocate utilities and remove buildings and structures prior to the DEP’s next project which includes reconstructing the levee and floodwall system and providing interior drainage. The total estimated project cost is $796,342.

Between 1954 and 1957, the former Department of Forests and Waters constructed Jeannette’s existing flood protection system. However, during the 1971 and 1985 floods, the system failed to provide complete protection to the community.

The city incurred estimated damages of $1.2 million from the 1985 flood alone which prompted the total reevaluation of the flood protection system. In addition, a 2009 flooding event resulted in the displacement of 20 residences and interior damage to city buildings.

Act 13 of 2012 established the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for funding statewide initiatives to assist with flood mitigation projects. Under Act 13 impact fees are imposed on drilling companies that are extracting natural gas in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale regions. The fees fluctuate depending on the price of natural gas and the rate of inflation.

Commonwealth Financing Authority grants cannot exceed $500,000 for any one project and a 15 percent match of the total project cost is required.

Representative George Dunbar
56th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: 724.744.0305
RepDunbar.com / Facebook.com/RepDunbar
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