Governor Wolf Highlights Plan to Help Lycoming County with Flood Protection

first_img March 01, 2019 Governor Wolf Highlights Plan to Help Lycoming County with Flood Protection Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Restore Pennsylvania Williamsport, PA – Governor Tom Wolf was joined by state and local leaders in Lycoming County to highlight the need for additional funding to assist Pennsylvania’s communities with storm preparedness and disaster recovery.“Pennsylvania’s communities are struggling to fund massive flood control projects that are critical for keeping residents safe,” said Governor Wolf. “Restore Pennsylvania will provide funding to help towns and cities upgrade flood walls and levees, replace high-hazard dams, and conduct stream restoration and maintenance to help protect our communities.”To achieve these goals, Governor Wolf announced a bold infrastructure initiative, Restore Pennsylvania, funded by the monetization of a commonsense severance tax. Restore Pennsylvania will invest $4.5 billion over the next four years in significant, high-impact projects throughout the commonwealth to help catapult Pennsylvania ahead of every state in the country in terms of technology, development, and infrastructure.Encompassing new and expanded programs to address five priority infrastructure areas including High Speed Internet Access, Storm Preparedness and Disaster Recovery, Downstream Manufacturing, Business Development, and Energy Infrastructure, Demolition, Revitalization, and Renewal, and Transportation Capital Projects, Restore Pennsylvania projects will be driven by local input about local needs. Projects identified by local stakeholders will be evaluated through a competitive process to ensure that high priority, high impact projects are funded and needs across Pennsylvania are met.In Williamsport, the governor outlined how Restore Pennsylvania could help Lycoming County with flood prevention and disaster recovery. Lycoming County is current facing a levee rehabilitation and recertification project that is expected to cost more than $16 million. The levee currently protects more than 6,000 properties.“Our local communities protected by the second largest levee system in the state have recognized the importance of adopting a regional approach to address the levee recertification process,” said Randy Allison, Williamsport City Council Vice President. “To that end we are grateful for the support and advocacy from our county commissioners, our state legislative team led by Senator Gene Yaw and from Governor Wolf with today’s visit and proposed infrastructure initiative.”“Through the process of updating the Greater Williamsport Alliance Comprehensive Plan we learned the enormous economic impact if we did not all work together and find a solution for the levee,” said Jack McKernan, Chairman Lycoming County Board of Commissioners. “This will require many partners, municipal, county, state, and federal.”Storm Preparedness and Disaster RecoveryCritical Flood Control InfrastructureRestore Pennsylvania will provide funding for flood prevention that will protect against severe weather and save homes and businesses in flood prone areas across the state. Restore Pennsylvania will provide funding to help towns and cities prepare for flooding and severe weather, upgrade flood walls and levees, replace high-hazard dams, and conduct stream restoration and maintenance.Helping Families RebuildRestore Pennsylvania will establish a disaster relief trust fund to assist individuals who suffer losses that are not compensated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or other programs.View the full Restore Pennsylvania plan here.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Former Australian cricketer Bruce Yardley dies at 71

first_img(REUTERS) – Former Australian bowler and influential coach Bruce Yardley died yesterday at the age of 71 after a battle with cancer.Playing at a time when the Test landscape was dominated by fast-bowlers, Yardley started out as a medium-pacer himself before switching to off-spin midway his career and earned his Test debut for Australia at the age of 30.Using a distinctive long run-up better associated with pace bowling and employing his middle finger rather than his index finger to get the ball to turn, Yardley went on to take 126 wickets for Australia in 33 Test matches.He also picked up 344 wickets in a first class career that spanned 24 years.“Bruce was a significant figure in Australian cricket, contributing in many ways on and off the field,” Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts said in a statement.“As a player, it took him more than 10 years of persistence playing first class and Premier cricket to find the art of off-spin, earning him a Test debut at the age of 30.“Off the field, Bruce had an infectious personality and was regarded as one of the best spin-bowling coaches in the world, coaching Sri Lanka and mentoring the greatest Test wicket-taker of all-time, Muttiah Muralitharan.”Yardley coached the Sri Lankan team in the late 1990s and defended Muralitharan when the Sri Lankan, who has a record 800 Test wickets, was investigated for having an illegal action in 2004.“Very sad to hear about the passing of Bruce Yardley,” former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara said on Twitter. “He was a good man to get to know and a great friend of Sri Lankan cricket. May he rest in peace!”last_img read more