More than 49,000 people in the Philadelphia region have applied for disaster aid related to damages caused by the remnants of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The agency said Monday it had committed more than $40 million in grants so far to residents of Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties. County breakdowns were unavailable for New Jersey, where residents were not eligible for Lee-related aid, but the statewide figure for Irene assistance is more than $140 million.
FEMA offers up to $30,200 in housing and other assistance. Pennsylvania residents have until 10 p.m. Wednesday to apply for aid at 1-800-621-3362, or online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. - Anthony R. Wood