U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) announced today that the federal government has awarded a $15 million grant to the town of Bloomsburg to build a floodwall. This new project will shield two of the town's top employers from dangerous flooding and keep 1,000 jobs from leaving the area.
The $15 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration will help fund the design and construction of a floodwall around Autoneum (formerly Rieter Automotive North America) and Windsor Foods, two of Columbia County's largest employers. Both of these manufacturers are frequently flooded when the Susquehanna River and Fishing Creek overflow their banks.
"Since being sworn into office, I've been meeting and talking with local officials in Columbia County to address the town's flood concerns," Sen. Toomey said. "In 2011, I held a town hall in Bloomsburg to make progress on this issue, and I am so glad the U.S. Economic Development Administration has decided to fund this important project. This grant will go a long way toward keeping jobs in Pennsylvania and protecting the citizens of Columbia County."
"I asked the U.S. Economic Development Administration to approve this grant because it will help Bloomsburg families recover, protect jobs and help the local economy," said Sen. Casey. "I am gratified that this important project will be funded to help provide a measure of protection to the people Columbia County."
Earlier this month, Sens. Toomey and Casey joined U.S. Representative Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) in sending a letter to the regional Economic Development Administration office offering their strong support for Columbia's County's grant application.
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