Jul. 14, 2021

HARRISBURG—Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia) sent a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney asking them to declare portions of Northeast Philadelphia impacted by Monday’s severe flooding a disaster area.

“I respectfully ask that you allow all city and state resources, including declaring an emergency disaster, be made available to Philadelphia to help our constituents deal with the aftermath of this storm,” White wrote. “Declaring an emergency disaster would expand and accelerate the response process for not just our constituents, but our municipality as they move forward.”

On Monday, sections of Northeast Philadelphia and the surrounding counties experienced flooding rains that totaled 10 inches in some spots leading to severe property damage.

White also asked those constituents who suffered damage to contact the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and urge them to visit the locations and assess the damages. OEM can be reached at oem@phila.gov or 215-686-1138. Please copy White’s office as well at mwhite@pahousegop.com, so her office can better assist each situation and when resources become available.

“If Philadelphia’s Office of Emergency Management comes to the Northeast we want to make sure you are prepared for them,” White said. “Please contact your insurance company to find out if they will cover any of the damages. If they tell you damages are not covered, please get that in writing so you can show it to OEM if, and when, they come to assess the impact of flooding at your home or business. Also, please take pictures of the damage. All of these things will help you be better prepared for an OEM assessment.”

Representative Martina White
170th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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