Bloomsburg gets flood protection help

BLOOMSBURG — Columbia County is getting some help with flood protection.  The Economic Development Administration is giving the county a $15-million grant to build a flood wall.

The EDA made the announcement on Wednesday.  The money will be used to build control systems that will help protect vital business infrastructure in Bloomsburg from flooding.  The area was impacted by flooding as a result of Tropical Storm Lee in 2011.

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey said, “I am so glad the U.S. Economic Development Administration has decided to fund this important project.  This grant will go a long way toward keeping jobs in Pennsylvania and protecting the citizens of Columbia County.”

Toomey, Senator Bob Casey and Rep. Lou Barletta had been working with the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation to support this grant.  This project is part of a $200 million appropriation made by Congress to EDA to help communities that received a major disaster designation in fiscal year 2011 with long-term economic recovery and infrastructure support. (Codi Jade)

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