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 gov