As we are recovering from the worst flash-flood on record (according to the high-water gauge at Salt Springs Park, the water level surpassed that of the 2006 flood by approximately 8 inches), our first priority is to get the roads cleared and passable. While the damage to township roads alone is in excess of one million dollars, we realize the losses suffered by many cannot be measured. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who have been affected.
Red Cross shelters have been set up at Montrose and Blue Ridge High Schools. They are the first point of contact if you are in need of food, clothing or shelter, or need to file a claim for lost or damaged property.
You may also contact Cindy Beeman of Susquehanna County Interfaith at 570-278-1776 or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
We have submitted damage reports for all affected roads to the county as a first step in getting funds from PEMA/FEMA. Additionally, we are required to gather and submit information on property damage within the township. This is a numbers game. We need to demonstrate that the damage sustained from August 10th to present is sufficient to declare Susquehanna County a disaster area. If we are unsuccessful at this, there will be no compensation from PEMA/FEMA.
We ask that you assist us in this task by submitting damage reports to email@example.com. Please include your name, address, and details of the damage to your home and belongings. We need this information ASAP. We were just made aware of the need for this information at the meeting held at the Courthouse on the afternoon of August 16th, so we need to move quickly.
Again, our thoughts and prayers go out to all who have been affected by this flood. We also ask for your patience and cooperation as we work to repair our infrastructure. We are working as quickly as possible to get all roads at least passable, however narrow passes, rough surfaces and ruts will be with us for some time. Please use caution.
Franklin Township Supervisors