Yaw Announces State Grant for Sayre Borough

HARRISBURG – State Senator Gene Yaw (R-23) today announced a $1,042,199 H2O PA Flood Control Grant for the Borough of Sayre, Bradford County.  The funding was approved this morning by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA).

The grant funds will be used to repair and upgrade an existing pump station damaged in September 2011 during Tropical Storm Lee.  The pump station is located at the end of Garden Avenue, behind the levee along Cayuta Creek and the North Branch of the Susquehanna River.

“From Mifflinburg to Sayre to Great Bend and everywhere in-between we have seen many of our communities impacted by severe flooding,” Yaw said.  “It is critical that we provide the funding necessary for our municipal governments to make fundamental repairs in order to protect its citizens.  I applaud Sayre Borough, its local officials and residents on receiving this important state investment.”

During Tropical Storm Lee, the Borough of Sayre recorded severe flood damages to more than 50 homes in the vicinity of the pump station when the pumps ceased to operate during that event.  The damaged pumps, generator, generator pad, electrical equipment, and HVAC system will be removed.  Three new pumps will be installed at an elevation of two feet above the top of the existing levee.  The existing pump station structure will be modified to accommodate the elevated pumps.  A new 100 KW emergency generator will be installed on a new generator pad also elevated two feet above the top of the existing levee.  New automatic transfer switch and new electrical, control, and HVAC systems will also be installed.  The upgraded pump station will prevent interior runoff and levee seepage.

The CFA was established as an independent agency of the commonwealth to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth.


Rita Zielonis