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Posted on: September 8, 2021

Hundreds Report Damage in Bucks, Infrastructure Impact Tops $9 Million

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Hundreds of homes and businesses in Bucks County have reported damage so far from the remnants of Hurricane Ida, while a preliminary tally puts the storm's impact to public infrastructure at $9.4 million.

Compiled Tuesday, the numbers are expected to grow as emergency management crews continue assessing the storm’s fallout. Public infrastructure includes roads, bridges and public property, such as public parks and government buildings.

A room damaged by a storm

PHOTO: A man surveys damage to a home Saturday in Buckingham Township where a tornado produced by the remnants of Hurricane Ida days earlier toppled trees into roads and residences.

Damage from Ida, which produced three tornadoes in Bucks County and dumped more than 10 inches of rain in some locations, has been reported countywide.

Bucks County Emergency Management Agency by Wednesday afternoon had received more than 350 reports of damage from residents and businesses through its online damage reporting form, including 64 reports of major damage. Damage report numbers are likely to change as more information is collected.

To put eyes on reported damage, Bucks EMA on Wednesday sent out four teams across Bucks County, each manned by personnel from Bucks EMA, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The teams toured nearly 100 properties with reported damage.

A room damaged by a storm

PHOTO: Homeowners in Central Bucks gut drywall and flooring damaged by flooding from the remnants of Hurricane Ida.

Reports were still pouring in Wednesday afternoon, and no dollar figure had been attached yet to the damage to homes and businesses.

Residents and business owners are urged to report storm-related damage to the municipality in which the damage occurred. Alternatively, damage can be reported directly to the county online.

Municipalities should report damage to Bucks County EMA.

Anyone experiencing homelessness as a result of the storms should contact Bucks County Housing Link for assistance at 1-800-810-4434.

Two men looking at a phone.

PHOTO: Bucks County Commissioner Bob Harvie meets Wednesday with a homeowner in Central Bucks whose residence sustained damage from fallen trees and heavy rains when the remnants of Hurricane Ida moved through the region.

Media Contact: James O’Malley, 215-348-6414, jtomalley@buckscounty.org

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