Obama signs emergency declarations for Northeast flooding
CNN iReporter Nick Bohacz of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, said flooded roads prevented him from getting to work.
September 9th, 2011
06:01 AM ET

Obama signs emergency declarations for Northeast flooding

President Barack Obama has signed emergency declarations covering 42 counties in Pennsylvania and 15 counties in New York after the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee brought near-historic levels of flooding to the region.

The declarations help speed federal relief efforts through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and open up federal funding.

Rivers have crested in some areas but are still rising in others.

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  1. Wyoming Valley Resident

    I can understand all of your frustrations with the distribution of federal aid, but can you please also keep in mind that the people receiving it are not at fault. Thousands upon thousands of homes and lives have been destroyed by this flooding, why do some of you have to turn everything into a political debate? Instead, everyone should be offering support and prayers to the people affected by this. I am from the area and have been evacuated from my home for two days, I have had to sit in front of a television non-stop and pray that I did not see my house 10+ feet under water on the news. This is a difficult time for many, MANY NEPA residents. My thoughts and prayers go out to you guys. I will be spending the coming days helping others clean out inches of mud from the homes they have spent their entire lives in, but please, by all means, continue to pointlessly debate why federal aid has been offered here.

    September 10, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Upstate Ny'r

    How sad and quickly folks forget! When Katrina struck and wiped out so many homes & lives! We up North we're very quick to act, sending volunteers, money, collections of food, bottled water and many more things needed to help and aid. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, it's turns into a politcial debate. There's no support, there's nothing but tongue lashing. You all fail to understand; we are not equipped to handle hurricanes, tornadoes or tropical storms any better than most of you can handle a nor' easter that dumps 2 or 3 feet of snow unexpectedly on you!
    What we are witnessing up here is nothing shy of heart breaking, no different than what most of you lived through with Katrina. With each rain fall comes more flooding and continuos damage with no insurance; as this is not what is considered a flood zone. So if you have nothing nice to say, ZIP IT !! Bad enough most folks up here realize they like you they are at the mercy of the Federal Government.

    September 11, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Eirlys

    I am a patriot, and this weekend has been about 9/11 – and nothing else. I've seen CNN in 2008 wait for hours outside Hileary Clinton's Washinton home to see if she or then candidate Obama were there and they weren't even there, I've seen CNN report on minor fires and petty crimes, but the coverage you gave this horrible devastating flood event in NY and PA has been worse than pitiful. While you concentrated on what was understandably a very mportant event this weekend, one which moved a nation, I was certainly moved to tears at our own church service in rememberence of 9/11, please do not forget others who are presently suffering in the country at the time. I guess our disaster didn't warrant the headlines. Shame on you.

    September 12, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Beilul

    Thanks for kind words Dawn. I hear you are a very busy person these days. Look forrwad to connecting in the fall.

    July 11, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
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