Statement from U.S. Rep. Scott Perry on Harrisburg Sinkhole Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (RealEstateRama) — “The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) decision to approve the City of Harrisburg’s sinkhole mitigation plan is welcome news. The affected families endured unacceptably dangerous conditions for years. This initial funding will cover the acquisition and demolition of the first 25 homes on the 1400 block of South 14th Street between Cloverly Terrace and Magnolia Street. The potential for future sinkhole activity is high and the failure to address this issue could’ve led to additional property damage, personal injury and loss of life. Following demolition, the site will be zoned as greenspace without possibility for future construction.

This was a great team effort. Today’s announcement wouldn’t have happened without the collaborative efforts of the City of Harrisburg, FEMA, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Senators Pat Toomey and Bob Casey, Congressman Lou Barletta, Dauphin County, and other state and local officials. Today is a good day for our great capital city.”

Officials are still in the process of obtaining additional funding to cover the remaining homes that are part of the project.

Residents are encouraged to contact Congressman Perry and his staff at any of his offices, or via Perry.House.Gov, where they can sign up for e-mail updates and for his Facebook, Twitter and You Tube pages.

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