Tropical Storm Ida Update

Last updated November 24, 2021

Hurricane Ida’s remnants brought catastrophic levels of rain to Chester County on September 1, 2021. The western region of East Bradford, which encompasses the Brandywine and Valley Creeks, were the most impacted. The structures located at the confluence of the Brandywine were particularly devastated.

 

IMPACTED RESIDENTS

Rebuilding
Our staff has been meeting with FEMA representatives regularly with regards to assessing damaged homes. The Township has submitted an initial application to PEMA in response to some citizens’ interest in buyouts. There are two FEMA programs that provide funding and assistance in this regard: the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Program. We are now awaiting next steps from PEMA and FEMA. One outstanding question is how a buyout would work in this scenario where different entities own the property and the structures. This is something we have to work through with these agencies.

 

Debris Removal
The Township continues to swap out dumpsters on Cottage and River Bend Lanes. Tenley Adams is coordinating this effort; she can be reached at tadams@eastbradford.org or (610) 436-5108 x106.

An East Bradford resident is working to coordinate a volunteer-led clean-up event at the Picnic Park this winter. If you or anyone you know might be interested in helping with this effort, contact Mandie Cantlin at mcantlin@eastbradford.org or (610) 36-5108 x101.

 

FEMA Relief

FEMA has approved a request from the Commonwealth to allow extra time for residents to register for assistance for damage caused by the Remnants of Hurricane Ida between August 31 and September 5. Homeowners and renters who sustained damage to their property, that wasn’t covered by insurance, in Bedford, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, and York counties now have until December 10 to register for disaster assistance. Applicants for disaster assistance should have the following information prior to registration: Social Security number; address of the damaged primary residence; insurance coverage information; current telephone number and mailing address; and bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds. Those who suffered loss or damage may register with FEMA in any of the following ways:

  • Visit DisasterAssistance.gov
  • Download the FEMA app to your smartphone from Google Play or the Apple App store.
  • Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585. Lines are open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Help is available in most languages.

 

For updates on the Pennsylvania response and recovery, follow the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency on Twitter twitter.com/PEMAHQ and Facebook https://m.facebook.com/PEMAHQ/. Additional information is available at fema.gov/disaster/4618.

East Bradford recently received a backlog of press releases from FEMA. Available releases are provided below. We will continue to add FEMA notices as they become available:

 

Small Business Association (SBA) Loans
Chester County residents and businesses affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ida can now apply for low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Under the SBA disaster assistance program, certain Chester County homeowners, renters, and business owners can apply for loans to repair or replace disaster-damaged or destroyed real estate, and to repair or replace disaster-damaged or destroyed personal property. The press releases, fact sheet, and flyer provide more information. If you have any questions, please contact Chester County Public Information Officer Rebecca Brain at 610-344-6279, rbrain@chesco.org, or Rich Wisniewski at 856-981-9622, rwisniewski@chesco.org

 

BRIDGES & ROADS

  • Ravine Road Bridge (Valley Creek) – The bridge repair work is complete, and the road has reopened.
  • Harmony Hill Road / Gibson’s Covered Bridge (Brandywine Creek) – This is County bridge. The County has commenced the repair work needed to reopen the bridge. The repair work will be completed in several phases. We do not know when the bridge will be open.
  • Embreeville Road (PA-162) Arch Bridge (Brandywine Creek) (not in East Bradford) – PennDOT Maintenance closed this bridge due to severe damage. They are detouring traffic and sought temporary relief from the truck restriction on Bradford Avenue. No updates from PennDOT with regards to the start of repair work.
  • Lenape Road (Route 52) Bridge (Brandywine Creek) (not in East Bradford) – The PennDOT clean-up is complete.

 

If you have any critical and unmet needs, contact Mandie Cantlin at mcantlin@eastbradford.org or (610) 436-5108 x101.

East Bradford