Barletta Statement Regarding Harrisburg Sinkhole Grant
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today applauded the announcement of a $1.65 million federal grant for Harrisburg to begin to address its sinkhole problem. The grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) represents 75 percent of the $2.2 million first phase of a plan for the purchase of endangered homes and excavation of the affected area along South 14th Street in Harrisburg. Rep. Barletta’s office expressly requested that FEMA select Harrisburg for the grant in a letter also signed by Rep. Scott Perry (PA-4) and Senators Pat Toomey and Bob Casey. The federal grant is being distributed by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, as announced today by Gov. Tom Wolf.
The Harrisburg Sinkhole Mitigation Project calls for the purchase and demolition of approximately 50 houses in the affected area, with the excavation of the sinkholes to follow. The project will be completed in two phases. Phase One will address the 18 to 25 homes which are at the greatest risk. Phase Two will involve the remaining homes and require additional funding of approximately $3.3 million. The combined cost of Phase One and Phase Two is expected to be $5.5 million.
Rep. Barletta issued the following statement:
“The residents who have been directly affected by the sinkhole problem have been waiting for some good news for a long time, so this announcement is certainly welcome. The sinkholes have been wreaking havoc for more than two years now, and it’s time for people to get some help. I am grateful for the cooperation involved in securing this grant, from my partners at the federal level, to leaders at the state and local levels. This has truly been a team effort.”