susquehanna river overlooking harrisburg pa

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Susquehanna River
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Harrisburg, PA
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Susquehanna River Conditions

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Primary (ft)

  • Action : 11 ft
  • Minor : 17 ft
  • Moderate : 20 ft
  • Major : 23 ft

Secondary (kcfs)

  • Action : Not Set
  • Minor : Not Set
  • Moderate : Not Set
  • Major : Not Set

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Forecast Issued: Sep 19, 2021 10:09 AM -0400

Recent

Recent Category: Normal
Recent Projected Forecast Available: 4.8 ft
Recent Projected Forecast Available (Secondary): 31 kcfs
Recent Projected Forecast Time: Sep 20, 2021 08:00 AM -0400

Highest

Highest Category: Normal
Highest Projected Forecast Available: 4.8 ft
Highest Projected Forecast Available (Secondary): 31 kcfs
Highest Projected Forecast Time: Sep 20, 2021 08:00 AM -0400

Last

Last Category: Normal
Last Projected Forecast Available: 4.3 ft
Last Projected Forecast Available (Secondary): 21 kcfs
Last Projected Forecast Time: Sep 22, 2021 08:00 AM -0400


U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Data and Site Info for Harrisburg: USGS ID: 01570500

FEMA Latest News - Region III

FEMA Opens Disaster Recovery Centers in Montgomery and Delaware Counties

FEMA Opens Disaster Recovery Centers in Montgomery and Delaware Counties

PHILADELPHIA –Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC), jointly operated by county agencies, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA), will open in Delaware and Montgomery Counties on Friday, September 17, 2021. The DRCs will offer information on available resources to homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage to their property from the remnants of Hurricane from August 31 - September 5, 2021.

In addition to these DRCs, FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) Teams continue go door to door in communities throughout impacted areas in Pennsylvania in a combined effort by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and FEMA to continue to reach survivors in need. These teams are canvassing in affected communities to connect directly with survivors who need help applying for assistance. Team members will wear FEMA attire and carry FEMA photo IDs.

Individual Assistance (IA), to individuals and households for emergency work and the repair or replacement of homes damaged by Ida’s remnants is available to qualified residents of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia, and York Counties.

The Montgomery County DRC, operated in partnership with the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety, will be located at:

Montgomery County Community College

Health Sciences Center Gymnasium

Address: 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell PA

Hours of Operation: 1 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on September 17

Following September 17, 2021, hours of operation will be:

Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The DRC will be closed on Sundays.

 

The Delaware County DRC, operated in partnership with the Delaware County Emergency Services Department, will be located at:

Chadds Ford Township Office

Address: 10 Ring Rd Chadds Ford, PA

Hours of Operation from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. on September 17

Following September 17, 2021, hours of operation will be:

Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The DRC will be closed on Sundays.

Additional DRC locations will be announced later, with the operating hours of Monday thru Friday 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Applicants for disaster assistance should have the following information prior to registration: Social Security number: address of the damaged primary residence: insurance coverage information: current telephone number and mailing address: and bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds.

Survivors are encouraged to file insurance claims for damage to their homes, personal property, businesses and vehicles before they apply for FEMA assistance. Visiting a Disaster Recovery Center is not required to register with FEMA.

In addition to visiting a DRC, you can register by:

  • Call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 1-800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center, call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST.
  • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov or DisasterAssistance.gov/es for Spanish
  • Download the FEMA mobile app (also in Spanish), wherever you get your mobile applications.

The DRC will be accessible for individuals with disabilities and have on-site communication accessibility tools like amplified listening devices and Video Remote Interpreting. Additional accommodations can be made upon arrival. ASL interpreters and multilingual services will be available upon request. Residents can locate open disaster recovery centers in their area vie the FEMA App, by texting DRC and their zip code to 4FEMA (43362) or online via FEMA’s DRC Locator.

Specialists at these temporary disaster recovery centers are equipped to help individuals apply with FEMA, upload documents needed in the application process and answer questions about specific cases. In addition, Customer Service Representatives from the Small Business Administration will also be on hand to provide program information, answer any questions and explain how to apply for SBA’s low-interest disaster loans for businesses, private non-profits, homeowners and renters.

For information about SBA’s disaster assistance, call 1-800-659-2955, email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visit SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard of hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Additional agencies and services will be present once the DRCs reach full operational capability next week. All centers will follow COVID-19 precautions and masks will be required by both FEMA specialists and survivors.

FEMA’s Individual Assistance program is designed to help survivors with immediate essential needs and to help displaced survivors find a safe, functional place to live temporarily until they can return home. Many survivors may have additional needs beyond what can be provided by FEMA. The agency works closely with state, federal, faith-based and voluntary agencies to help match survivors who have remaining needs with other sources of assistance.

For more information on how to register, please visit: How to Register with FEMA for Disaster Assistance in Pennsylvania | FEMA.gov

For more information on what to expect after you register, please visit: What to Expect After Registering for FEMA Disaster Assistance in PA | FEMA.gov

For more information about Pennsylvania’s recovery, visit fema.gov/disaster/4816.

The registration deadline for FEMA Disaster Assistance in Pennsylvania is November 10, 2021.

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All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, you can call the Civil Rights Resource line at 833-285-7448 or 800-462-7585 (TTY/TDD).

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What to Expect After Registering for FEMA Disaster Assistance in PA

What to Expect After Registering for FEMA Disaster Assistance in PA

PHILADELPHIA – If you suffered property damage or loss directly caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida and live in Pennsylvania Counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia, or York, you are encouraged to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and apply for disaster assistance – even if you have insurance. Help may be available for uninsured or underinsured damages and if insurance claims are not promptly settled.

If you have insurance coverage, first file a claim. If you have uninsured or underinsured losses, register with FEMA by either going online to disasterassistance.gov, downloading the FEMA app, or by calling the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or TTY 1-800-462-7585. Additionally, FEMA has Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) Teams deployed throughout the impacted area to provide hands-on assistance with registration and to answer questions.

When applying for assistance, you will receive a nine-digit registration number that can be used for reference when corresponding with FEMA. You can check the status of your application online at disasterassitance.gov, by calling the FEMA Helpline or in person with a FEMA DSA Team by using that nine-digit registration number.

FEMA assistance is not a replacement for insurance but can assist with basic needs to help start your recovery. This includes assistance to make essential home repairs, find a temporary place to stay and repair or replace certain household items. You don’t have to wait for FEMA to start cleaning up but be sure to take photographs or video of the damage and keep all receipts for repair work.

Home Repairs

  • Survivors whose homes suffered Hurricane Ida-related damage and are uninsured or underinsured may be eligible for help from FEMA to restore their homes to a livable condition.
  • Federal assistance from FEMA provides only the basic needs for a home – including toilets, a roof, critical utilities, windows and doors. Examples of ineligible items may include non-essential cabinets and garage doors.
  • A home inspection is required to calculate and verify the loss.
  • Livable homes meet the following conditions:
    • The exterior is structurally sound, including the doors, roof and windows.
    • The electricity, gas, heat, plumbing, and sewer and septic systems work properly.
    • The interior areas are structurally sound, including ceiling and floors.
    • The home is capable of being used for its intended purpose.

Examples

  • Appliances: FEMA may assist in the replacement or repair of disaster-damaged hot-water heaters and furnaces. Non-essential items like dishwashers and home entertainment equipment will not be considered.
  • Ceiling and Roof Damage: FEMA may assist to repair disaster-caused leaks in a roof that damaged ceilings and electrical components like overhead lights. The cost to fix minor stains from roof leaks is not reimbursable.
  • Floors: FEMA may assist to repair subfloors in occupied parts of the home that were damaged due to the disaster.
  • Windows: FEMA may assist with disaster-related broken windows, but not blinds and drapes.
  • FEMA calculations to verify loss vary because every applicant’s situation is different, so awards vary among survivors.

Other Kinds of Help

Financial assistance is available for necessary expenses and serious needs directly caused by the disaster, including:

  • Child-care expenses
  • Medical and dental expenses
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Damage to essential household items:
  • Room furnishings
  • Appliances
  • Clothing
  • Specialized tools, and protective clothing and equipment required for a job
  • Necessary educational materials like computers, schoolbooks and supplies
  • Damage to an essential vehicle (must have liability insurance to be considered for repair/replacement assistance)
  • Moving and storage expenses caused by the disaster
  • Miscellaneous items purchased as a result of the disaster such as a generator, chainsaw or dehumidifier.

FEMA Inspections

Part of the FEMA disaster assistance registration process includes providing a call back phone number for FEMA to contact you to set up a home inspection and to obtain other required information. If you report your home is not livable, sanitary and safe when you register, it may be necessary for FEMA to perform an inspection of the damaged property. FEMA inspectors will contact you to meet at the address where the damage was reported.

The inspector’s phone number may be from out of state, or show up on your caller ID as unavailable, so be sure to answer the phone. If the call goes to voicemail, the inspector will leave a call-back number, or you may receive a text message if no other contact is able to be made.

Due to COVID-19, the inspector will be following current CDC guidance. You will need to show the inspector your photo ID. You will not be asked to provide your social security number or bank account information. There is no cost for a FEMA inspection.

After your home inspection has taken place, a record of the disaster-caused damage is given to FEMA. From that record your eligibility for disaster assistance will be determined. If you qualify for a grant, the funds will be issued via direct deposit. A letter will also be sent explaining the assistance you qualified for.

Reasonable accommodations, including translation and ASL interpreters will be available to ensure effective communication with applicants with limited English proficiency, applicants with disabilities, and other individuals with access and functional needs. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, please give FEMA the number for that service when filling your application.

You may invite a designated party, such as a household member, relative or friend, to assist in communicating with the inspector.

All FEMA inspectors can be identified by their official federal photo ID badge. If you are in any doubt when receiving a call or an inspection visit from someone stating they are FEMA personnel, do not give out any information, but call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585) between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. ET to verify the call or visit is legitimate.

If you suspect someone is committing fraud, call the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or your local police department.

In addition to FEMA’s Individual Assistance, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program assistance, for actions taken to prevent or reduce long term life and property from natural hazards, is available on a cost-sharing basis, to all areas in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Craig Levy has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas. Levy stated that additional designations may be made at a later date, if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further assessments.

For more information about FEMA’s support to Pennsylvania’s recovery, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4816.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency, or economic status. Reasonable accommodations, including translation and American Sign Language interpreters via Video Relay Service will be available to ensure effective communication with applicants with limited English proficiency, disabilities, and access and functional needs.

FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. FEMA Region 3’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. 

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How to Register with FEMA for Disaster Assistance in Pennsylvania

How to Register with FEMA for Disaster Assistance in Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA – If you suffered property damage or loss directly caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida and live in Pennsylvania Counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia, or York, you are encouraged to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and apply for disaster assistance – even if you have insurance. Help may be available for uninsured or underinsured damages and if insurance claims are not promptly settled.

FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Pennsylvania to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe wind and flooding due to the remnants of Hurricane Ida from August 31 - September 5, 2021. Individual Assistance (IA), to individuals and households for emergency work and the repair or replacement of homes damaged by Ida’s remnants throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Federal assistance for homeowners and renters can include grants for rent, temporary housing, home repairs to primary residences as well as other disaster-related needs. The aid FEMA provides is for basic survivor needs and is the first step to recovery. The Small Business Administration also offers low interest loans for personal property, real property, and business losses.

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated areas can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 TTY for the hearing and speech impaired. Operators can also answer questions about applications already submitted.

To begin the application process, please have the following available:

  • Your address with zip code
  • Directions to your property
  • Condition of your damaged home
  • Insurance information, if available
  • Social Security number
  • Phone number where you can be contacted
  • Address where you can get mail

Direct Deposit:

  • Disaster assistance funds can be sent directly to your bank account
  • Provide your bank account type, account number, and bank routing number

Stay in touch with FEMA:

  • After registering, you will be given a FEMA registration number
  • Be sure to write your number down and save it
  • You will need the number whenever you contact FEMA

After your registration process is complete, you will receive a call from FEMA to follow up. An inspector will schedule an appointment to visit your home. Please note that FEMA-contracted inspectors will not require bank account information.

“Assistance from FEMA can help individuals and households affected by a disaster take care of necessary expenses and serious needs that cannot be met through insurance or other forms of assistance,” said MaryAnn Tierney, FEMA Region 3’s Regional Administrator. “To help support survivors, especially in communities that might not otherwise get the word to register for disaster assistance, FEMA’s Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) Teams are deployed to throughout impacted counties. DSA is here to lend an additional helping hand to provide additional assistance in accessing and applying for disaster assistance to ensure equitable access to FEMA programs.”

Working closely with local government officials as well as community and faith-based organizations, these teams are raising awareness about the availability of FEMA’s Individual Assistance support and providing hands-on assistance with registration for residents.

FEMA DSA can help with:

  • Submitting applications for federal assistance.
  • Checking the status of an application already in the system or make minor changes to applications.
  • Providing civil rights and disability integration information to ensure equal access to FEMA programs.

Residents should be aware that FEMA DSA staff will be wearing FEMA attire and will have appropriate federal identification. Individuals who have submitted damage reports with their municipality or county through online assessment tools, will still need to begin a new case and file information with FEMA.

Additionally, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program assistance, for actions taken to prevent or reduce long term life and property from natural hazards, is available on a cost-sharing basis, to all areas in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

After registering for disaster assistance, you may be referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration. In times of disasters, the SBA offers low-interest loans for businesses, homeowners and renters. The SBA will contact you by telephone with information on how to apply. There’s no obligation to accept a loan, but you may miss out on the largest source of federal disaster recovery funds if you don’t submit an application.

Information about low-interest SBA disaster loans and application forms are available online at SBA.gov/disaster. You may also call 800-659-2955 or email DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov.  If you use TTY, call 800-877-8339.

Although the federal government cannot make you whole, it may help your recovery move forward by providing grants for basic repairs that make your home safe, sanitary and secure. FEMA disaster assistance also may provide temporary help with a place for you and your family to stay while you build your own recovery plan.

Craig Levy has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas. Levy stated that additional designations may be made at a later date, if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further assessments. Joint Preliminary Damage Assessments for FEMA Public Assistance are ongoing throughout Pennsylvania this week. The Joint PDA is an information-gathering process. It does not guarantee federal assistance. 

FEMA’s disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency, or economic status.

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FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.FEMA Region3’sjurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. 

Follow us on Twitter attwitter.com/femaregion3 and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/femaregion3

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