Horn Road in Hellam Township had severe road damage caused by flooding from Tropical Storm Lee.
Horn Road in Hellam Township had severe road damage caused by flooding from Tropical Storm Lee. (John A. Pavoncello file photo)

Two years after Tropical Storm Lee dumped about a foot of rain on York County, causing about $5 million in damage, some people and municipalities are still rebuilding from the natural disaster.

The York County Planning Commission recently applied for a $112,900 federal grant to finish at least one building project and create a mapping system to help prevent future damage.

The county is eligible for the money because the area was included in President Barack Obama's disaster declaration, said Joiann Galiano, program coordinator at the planning commission.

County officials estimated the storm caused at least $5 million in damage to municipal infrastructure, including bridges.

Municipalities were eligible to apply

for relief from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Galiano said, but the grant will cover a couple projects that weren't funded by private insurance or FEMA money.

If York gets the grant, it'll fund the completion of a repair project in Yoe, where Mill Creek swelled and undermined concrete walls installed to prevent the waterway from "washing away people's houses," Galiano said.

That project is expected to cost about $6,700.

Mapping system: The remaining grant money would be used to fund a digital mapping system that would be installed on the planning commission's website, Galiano said.

The map would allow private property owners or municipalities to search specific areas to identify what hazards exist, such as flood plains, so systems could be put in place to prevent or lessen future losses, she said.


The map would build on data the county already keeps through its Hazard Mitigation Plan, also allowing users to report back to the system if something changes, she said.

For example, flood plains could change or chemical hazards could manifest in an area if new manufacturing plants are built, she said.

"This would help municipalities look at facilities and determine what flooding or other kinds of hazards they might be subject to," she Galiano said.

Recipients of the grant, which is administered by the state, should be announced by the end of the month, she said. The grant also covers losses from Hurricane Irene, which didn't hit York as hard as Lee.

According to county officials, Lee destroyed 25 roads and damaged dozens more. The storm destroyed seven bridges and culverts and damaged about 90.