– A Thursday, Aug. 3, meeting organized by Rep. Matthew Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset) and Fayette County Commissioner Angela Zimmerlink drew more than 20 businesses and individuals affected by recent flash flooding in Fayette County. The meeting, which focused on the ongoing flooding of the Redstone Creek and its economic implications to the city of Uniontown, had been scheduled prior to the July 28 rainfall, which resulted in Uniontown Mayor Bernie Kasievich signing a disaster declaration.
“We are reaching out to several agencies that provide low-interest loans and grant funding to flood victims,” said Dowling. “In the days to come, we will be announcing dates and times when people can meet with these agencies in my Uniontown office.”
Invited to the meeting by Dowling were representatives of the Department of Environmental Protection, whom Dowling asked for clarification on approved methods of cleanup, and K2 Engineering, the engineering firm contracted by the city.
Administrators from K2 Engineering announced they will conduct a walkthrough with city officials to assess problem areas, and will help to plan immediate volunteer cleanup efforts. Pending approval of city council, K2 Engineering will also complete a master site plan, which could take up to 30 days, and will outline multiple long-term solutions to rectify the flooding. Dowling noted that local, state and federal funding could be needed to complete the entire project.
Zimmerlink, who had coordinated previous meetings related to issues with Redstone Creek, offered to communicate with the Fayette County Bridge Department to determine which bridges crossing the creek are owned and maintained by the county. The offices of Dowling and State Sen. Pat Stefano (R-Fayette/Somerset/Westmoreland) will work with PennDOT to plot a course of action for bridges maintained by the state.
Flood recovery and relief efforts for residents and businesses will be handled by Dowling’s office.
For more information, contact Dowling’s district office at (724) 438-6100.
Rep. Matthew Dowling is joined by Uniontown Mayor Bernie Kasievich during a meeting discussing the flooding of the Redstone Creek.
Representative Matthew Dowling
51st Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Raymond Smith