Gov. Tom Wolf tours flood damaged areas in Fayette County

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf visited Connellsville Friday to see the damaged caused by flooding earlier this week.  While accompanied by local officials, the governor met with flood victims and enter their destroyed homes.

Heavy rainfall caused flooding that damaged more than 140 properties in Connellsville, Bullskin Township and Breakneck. Crews with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Department of Transportation  have been in the area assessing the damage.

Wolf said Department of Health Services workers would return Wednesday with more free tetanus shots, reports WTAE. Department of Environmental Protection crews sprayed for mosquitoes in the affected areas.

According to Wolf, the Small Business Administration would likely be able to offer low-interest loans with a 1.6 percent interest rate up to $200,000 for victims needing assistance paying for things not covered by insurance.

Mayor Greg Lincoln said tens of thousands of dollars have already been donated to flood relief efforts from private citizens and businesses.  Lincoln said the county could apply for a federal grant that would help the victims if the damage surpassed $17 million.

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