PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Department of Emergency Services announced today that its personnel will begin conducting damage assessment of affected municipalities from the July 10th severe weather and flash flooding. Damage assessment teams are comprised of personnel from Allegheny County Emergency Services (ACES), the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).
“The teams will begin with the most affected areas for inspection,” said Chief Alvin Henderson. “The information was derived from damage assessment reports that ACES received from municipal emergency management coordinators and areas that we responded to during the emergency response phase of the storm, or through the preliminary damage assessment phase conducted by our personnel last week.”
Damage assessment teams will be traveling in Allegheny County Emergency Services marked vehicles and partnering with local Emergency Management Coordinators and municipal officials to review and inspect documented storm and flood-damaged areas. Municipalities which were most heavily affected by the severe weather that are scheduled to have teams visit today are: Mount Oliver Borough, Upper St. Clair Township, Bridgeville Borough, South Park Township, Scott Township and Oakdale Borough. Tomorrow, the teams will visit the remaining communities of Forward Township, the City of Clairton, Elizabeth Borough, Elizabeth Township, West Elizabeth Borough and Jefferson Hills Borough.
“The Recovery Phase is an important part of our charge,” said Chief Henderson. “This process allows us to attempt to assist affected municipalities in returning to their pre-event status by working with our partners at the state and federal level.”
The Allegheny County Health Department and the Department of Public Works were also involved in response to last week’s severe weather and flash flooding. The Department of Human Services and the Veterans’ Services have also offered assistance to individuals affected by the weather.
- The Allegheny County Health Department worked with a number of municipal authorities to monitor and resolve bypasses and overflows during and after the flooding. Additionally, its food safety program staff worked with facilities in flood and power outage areas to assess damage and offer assistance, while also fielding questions from the public about their own food safety due to outages. For more information and tips, residents can visit the Department’s website at www.achd.net or contact the offices at 412-687-ACHD.
- The Department of Public Works continues to work on county roads and parks to address damage related to the weather events including berm repairs, restoration of shoulders, sweeping of roads, cleaning of culverts, rebuild of walls, removal of trees and wires, resurfacing of roads, and removal of debris.
- The Department of Human Services, along with its providers, have offered assistance in several communities, including Oakdale, Bridgeville and Whitehall, by going door-to-door with the emergency management coordinators to offer assistance where appropriate as well as providing information on cleaning their home/mold remediation (along with the Health Department), stress management and helping children in a stressful situation. Individuals seeking support for stress may contact the re:solve Crisis Network at 1-888-796-8226.
- Veterans’ Services is offering assistance in completing and applying for Veterans Emergency Assistance. Veterans who were impacted by the recent weather can make an appointment to apply for monetary assistance. Veterans must have served during a wartime period, must have an honorable discharge (DD-214) and must show loss and report of damages from an insurance company or contractor. Photographs are helpful and accepted. If a spouse and children are also in the household, a marriage license and birth certificates must also be provided. The application and related information will be presented to the Pennsylvania Department of Military & Veterans Affairs for consideration. The Veterans’ Services office can be reached at 412-621-4357.
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