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Bucks declares emergency, Gov. Wolf visits sites of flooding damage


Bucks County Commissioners said they hope to use COVID-19 relief money to help dozens of families forced to flee their homes during devastating flooding last week.
“We are trying to read between the lines to make sure that we can use it for things like this,” said Commissioner Bob Harvie. “We believe that we can use it to help people who have been made homeless.”
Gov. Tom Wolf, who was in Bristol Borough last week to promote the nearly $7 million in state pandemic relief given to restaurants and others in the hospitality business, stopped to visit some of the flood-ravaged communities.

“The message I got from everyone here is loud and clear: ‘We need help,’” said Wolf, after residents expressed frustration about assistance. “It doesn’t take too many people, too many testimonials to understand that this is absolutely true. These folks have been devastated; just look around.”
Approximately 100 homes suffered “major damage,” as defined by FEMA, when the Poquessing Creek overflowed during the 100-year flood. Some 400 more had minor damage. Damage costs are expected to rise into the millions, officials said.
A Multiple Agency Resource Center has been established in Croydon to help connect residents with a variety of services and support. For those without other housing options, Housing Link can assist those impacted by the flooding. For more information, call 800-810-4434.