Palmyra files for federal disaster aid to stop sinkholes
In Palmyra, Lebanon County, the borough council will apply for federal aid to repair several sinkholes.
The sinkholes opened up on Grant and Cherry streets, and they’ve been growing.
The borough manager says they’ve consulted with state officials.
They’re filing an application to get $2.2 million in disaster relief.
“They seem very confident that if we submit a complete application, a correct application that we would hopefuly get the funding so it sounds good,” says borough manager Roger Powl.
That money would go to repair the sinkholes and stabilize roads and sidewalks. Some assistance would also go to nearby properties threatened with sinkholes.
The application is due by this July. But there’s no time estimate of when Palmyra would get the money, if it’s approved.
Residents hope they get the money in time.
“I’m not willing at this time to give up my property, I’m not willing to have my property be condemned, it’s totally livable right now, but it is very very close to the sinkhole and I don’t want it to spread,” says Kenneth Medina of Palmyra.
Several homes have already been deemed uninhabitable because of the sinkholes.