Today, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) sent a letter to President Obama supporting Governor Tom Corbett's request for a major disaster declaration for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania stemming from damages suffered in Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Pike, Wyoming and Wayne counties as a result of Hurricane Irene.
A major disaster declaration would allow these counties to access emergency aid through the Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.
"A number of counties in our state were hard hit by Hurricane Irene, and I am hopeful that the President can issue a timely disaster declaration to help speed up the recovery process. Also, I am grateful for all of the hard work and dedication of Pennsylvania's first responders, National Guardsmen and volunteers during this storm. Their efforts to protect lives and property deserve our thanks and appreciation," said Sen. Toomey.