In one of the worst snowstorms Northeastern Pennsylvania has witnessed in decades this winter counties and municipalities incurred exorbitant costs to remove the white stuff from streets and highways. Gov. Rendell has announced that the federal government released $50 million to the Commonwealth to help defray those costs.
Joe Smydo and Len Barcousky of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report that
Twenty-six counties and hundreds of municipalities will share more than $50 million for cleanup costs, Mr. Rendell said.
That figure represents 75 percent of what the counties and municipalities spent during their costliest 48 continuous hours of storm cleanup. Mr. Rendell had wanted a more generous reimbursement.
"The cleanup work in many counties took much longer than 48 hours," Mr. Rendell's office repeated Friday, noting that the governor's request for more money is "still pending a decision" by federal officials.
Rendell has an additional request in for more money. He is asking the federal government to waive its 48 hour limit.