The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


February 21, 2013

Columbia County gets $15 million for flood control project


BLOOMSBURG — Town, county chip in

Erskine said the Bloomsburg flood protection project also includes a co-investment of $11.8 million from the state and $3.2 million from Columbia County. The total project cost is estimated at $30 million.

Erskine spoke at Autoneum’s Building 42, a production building, following a tour. He said it was an impressive manufacturing facility that started supplying horse and buggy users in the 1800s and has grown to become a top global manufacturer.

He said the federal government’s investment in the flood protection system is aimed at ensuring Autoneum doesn’t have to shut down again. The shutdown affected auto manufacturers in the U.S.

Tropical Storm Lee caused a record crest of 32.7 feet of the Susquehanna River in 2011.

It left about one-third of Bloomsburg under water.

The project will include construction of flood protection systems at two separate industrial sites.

The first includes construction of a 5,300-foot flood wall, relocation of about 2,100 feet of Snyder Run, a new pump station and storm water and groundwater conveyance and a new collection system.

The second site includes construction of a 3,000-foot flood wall, a sewage pump station and relocation of utilities.

The project is part of a $200 million appropriation by Congress to the Economic Development Administration to help communities with a major disaster designation in fiscal year 2011 with long-term economic recovery and infrastructure support.

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