Jan. 25, 2012

HARRISBURG—Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) announced that the Commonwealth Financing Authority today approved Upper Dublin Township’s request for a grant to fund construction of flood-retarding structures for Rapp Run and Pine Run.

The $11.8 million grant will be used to build two dry impoundment dams upstream from commercial infrastructures that have been plagued by floodwaters.

“This is wonderful news for the businesses that are routinely damaged whenever heavy storms pound the area,” Stephens said. “These floods have cost the community millions and could be prevented with the right investment. I’m happy the Commonwealth has concurred with our assessment.”

Since 1959, the area near Rapp Run and Pine Run has experienced 24 major flooding events that led to one recorded death. Between 1978 and 2007 alone, the township recorded more than $11 million in damages from flood waters.

Analysis by state Department of Environmental Protection declared the investment “excellent” when compared to the costs of flood damages.

“I have been assured that once the cold weather breaks, construction on the dams should get underway,” Stephens said.

Funds for the dam project will come from H20 PA Flood Control Program revenue bonds authorized by Act 63 of 2008. Debt service on the bonds is paid from a portion of slots revenue that is deposited in the Gaming Economic Development Tourism Fund.

State Representative Todd Stephens
151st District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
David Foster