3 Clarion County townships get flood relief

Clarion County commissioners have provided some relief to municipalities that suffered damage from the July 19 flash flood.

Commissioner Ted Tharan said Thursday the county used eligible Marcellus Shale Impact money to provide the aid. He said the county used a formula based on the requested aid and the funds available.

Three townships split $25,000 in aid – Beaver, $12,000; Porter, $7,750; and Redbank, $5,250.

“We do what we can to help,” Tharan said.

The flash flood caused Leisure Run, a tributary of Redbank Creek, to flood an area just north of New Bethlehem. An unnamed stream in the borough flooded sections of New Bethlehem.

There was heavy damage to several businesses along Route 66, including Char Val Candy, Drummond Veterinary Hospital, Full Throttle, Air/Tak and a storage facility.

In New Bethlehem, Redbank Valley Primary School was damaged and several homes had significant loss.

The damage was not severe enough to qualify the county for aid from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

In a related item, the commissioners signed a letter of support for New Bethlehem Borough, which is applying for a Department of Community and Economic Development grant for the removal of debris from Redbank Creek.

The commissioners also approved several Liquid Fuels projects. Commissioner Ted Heasley said the county received requests totaling $470,000, but only had $101,000 to disburse.

Foxburg received $7,000 for the Railroad Street seal-coat project, Knox Township received $30,000 for its 2020 paving project, Callensburg received $20,000 for the East Street paving project, East Brady received $15,000 for the Verner Street drainage project and Perry Township received $29,000 for the Terwilliger Road seal-coat project.

The commissioners will hold a reorganizational meeting at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, in the county administration building.