Federal and state officials have announced that a number of Pennsylvania counties will get $1,048,000 to offset the costs of the February snowstorms, but Carbon, Schuylkill and Monroe counties are not among them.
The money will go to Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, Philadelphia, Somerset, Westmoreland and York counties.
As the application process began in mid-April, PEMA Emergency Management specialist Gregory S. Showers said Carbon and Schuylkill counties and their municipalities failed to meet three criteria for federal disaster aid.
To meet the requirements, a record or near-record snowfall must occur, and the costs to the county and municipalities for snow removal operations during a continuous 48-hour period, and any other costs for emergency protective measures, must exceed the county per capita threshold of $3.23. The total costs of all counties meeting both criteria must exceed the state threshold of $15.9 million.
Carbon's threshold was $189,930.46; Schuylkill's was $485,585.28.
Also, PEMA said, neither county had a record or near-record snowfall.
Friday's announcement, from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, said the state, local governments and private, nonprofit organizations would receive the money as reimbursement for the costs and damages resulting from the snowstorms that buried the state from Feb. 5-11.
A federal disaster declaration for the state was issued on April 16.
"The snowstorms cost the affected local governments a great deal," said state coordinating officer Robert French. "The reimbursements from FEMA will go a long way in the return to normal operations for many agencies, localities and private nonprofits."
PEMA has already begun to distribute payments, said spokeswoman Ruth Miller.
"The state (PEMA) has already paid out over $300,000 in reimbursements," she said. "We are committed to continue to move the money to applicants within 30 days of getting it from the federal government."