After the flood in 2011, Town Council and staff have worked diligently to help the community recover from Tropical Storm Lee. Recently, the Town has become aware of two upcoming assistance programs that may help property owners complete their flood recovery efforts or help them better protect their homes from future flood damage. The official guidelines of these programs are anticipated to be released Fall 2013.
At this time, the Town is collecting information through a survey that was recently sent to residents who may have been flooded in 2011. These materials were sent out in an effort to gather information from property owners who may be interested in preparing for future flooding or are still recovering from the last major flood. The collected surveys will allow the Town to fully capture and convey the severity of the flooding in Bloomsburg to the State and Federal government who will be granting the funding from these assistance programs going forward.
As the guidelines are released we hope to learn the following information:
- Will available assistance be in the form of grants, loans, or a combination?
- How do property owners qualify for the assistance? Will eligibility be based upon household income, amount of damage the property suffered during the flood, and/or height of the first floor above base flood elevation?
- What types of properties will be eligible for assistance? Owner-occupied single-family dwellings; rental properties; multi-unit apartment buildings; and/or commercial properties?
Going forward, as the Town learns more about these assistance programs from the State and Federal government, interested property owners will be updated. If you are a property owner in a flood-prone area and are interested in learning more about possible assistance programs, please contact Town Administrator, William Lowthert at 570-784-7123 ext. 121.