Impact felt one year after epic floods

Portions of York County are still recovering from the flooding that ravaged specific areas in the county on Aug. 31, 2018. Between nine and 14 inches of rain fell on York County in a rouhgly four-hour window.

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Entire houses were swept downstream in the Muddy Creek Forks and Otter Creek regions. Bridges and roads were taken out of commission -- some of which remain closed today. Somehow, no one died from the storm. Still, damages made a big impact on parts of York County, most notably in Hellam and Chanceford townships. That impact resonates today.

Initial estimates of damage to public infrastructure came in around $16.9 million. That number was scaled down to $14.5 million after a FEMA assessment. But in the year since the National Weather Service-dubbed unprecadented meteorological event, more damage has been discovered.

The York County Office of Emergency Management believes York County's public infrastructure sustained in the ballpark of $19 million. 

While a federal disaster declaration did not come through, it wasn't for a lack of effort. The U.S. Small Business Administration approved around $700,000 in loans for York County residents and businesses.


As the calendar turns to September, the county reminds people of the importance of preparing for natural disasters. Do you have a plan? If flooding is imminent, how will you deliver your loved ones, pets too, to safety?

A great way to get weather alerts is to download FEMA's mobile app. It delivers National Weather Service alerts right to your phone or tablet. 

For more information, read up on PEMA's 30 Days/30 Ways campaign, which will help give people the tools they need to prepare for disastrous weather.



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