Flooding Event - August 13, 2018

Governor Wolf announces aid available for Radnor Township residents and businesses impacted by the severe storms between August 10 to 15, 2018

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved his request to declare a disaster in several counties including Delaware, after significant flood damage to homes and businesses was sustained from severe storms between August 10 to 15, 2018.

Despite the devastating impact of these storms and the hard work of county and state emergency management personnel to document the damage and make the case for providing aid through the Individual Assistance program, the federal government determined that the scope of the damage didn’t warrant such aid.  In lieu of funding from that program, Governor Wolf immediately sought support through the SBA. Low-interest loan programs like these have proven to be important financial lifelines for families recovering from catastrophic weather events.

Homeowners, renters and businesses impacted by the storms in Radnor Township may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans through the SBA Disaster Loan Programs. 

Low-interest loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. SBA regulations permit loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property. Businesses and nonprofits can borrow up to $2 million to restore damaged or destroyed buildings, inventory, equipment and assets. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial qualifications.

The SBA will establish a Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) to assist anyone who wishes to apply for a loan. Applicants from Radnor Township may report to the DLOC location in order to get help. The DLOC will be open at the following location and times: 

Delaware County Emergency Services Building
360 North Middletown Road
Media, PA 19063

Opening: Thursday, December 13 at 11:00am
Days: Friday, Monday to Wednesday from 9:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday, December 15 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Closed:  Sunday, December 16
Closing:  Thursday, December 20 at 4:00pm

SBA customer service representatives will be on hand at the disaster loan outreach center to issue loan applications, answer questions about the disaster loan program, explain the application process and help individuals to complete their applications.

Individuals and businesses unable to visit the centers in person may obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the hearing impaired), or by e-mailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov
Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Completed applications should be returned to the local DLOC or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Feb. 11, 2019  

The deadline to return economic injury disaster loan applications is Sept. 11, 2019

Please click on the link below to report any issues from the flooding

Dear Residents/Property Owners/Business Owners:

Radnor Township and the Radnor Township Police are continuing to work diligently with storm remediation and cleanup following the rain storm on Monday, August 13, 2018.

We are continuing with following up and reaching out to all to ensure that communications are open and will attempt to assist in any way possible.

On August 20, 2018, the Board of Commissioners held a special meeting which declared an emergency declaration.

Emergency Management Coordinator, Sgt. George Smith has now been activated to assist with cleanup and restoration of Township property.  Sgt. Smith will be posting on our Township website steps that will help us assist you in the cleanup.

If anyone needs further assistance, please contact us at flood@radnor.org

As always, any emergency please contact the 911 center.

In Service,

Christopher B. Flanagan
Superintendent of Police

William M. White
Assistant Township Manager/ Finance Director 


WHEREAS, ON OR ABOUT August 13, 2018 and subsequently, torrential rain storms have had a major impact on Radnor Township, Delaware County with many incidents causing injury,damage, suffering and some necessitating water extrications from submerged vehicles affecting persons and property of Radnor Township, Delaware County Pennsylvania; and

WHEREAS, the intense rainfall caused considerable flooding in major portions of the jurisdictional boundaries of Radnor Township which endangered the health, safety, and welfare of a substantial number of persons within the township and has created problems greater in scope than Radnor Township may be able to resolve; and

WHEREAS, emergency management measures are required to reduce the severity of this significant event and to protect the health, safety and welfare of affected residents in RadnorTownship.

NOW, THEREFORE, as the President of the Radnor Township Board of Commissioners, and on behalf of the Board, and pursuant to the provisions of Section 7501 of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Services Code, 35 PA., C.S.A., Section 7101 et seq., I hereby declare the existence of a disaster emergency in Radnor Township.

FURTHER, the Radnor Township Emergency Management Coordinator is directed to coordinate the activities of the emergency response, to take all appropriate action(s) needed to alleviate and mitigate the effects of this event, to aid in the maintenance and restoration of essential public services, and to take any other emergency response action deemed necessary to respond to this disaster emergency.

This Declaration shall take effect immediately

Radnor Township to Waive Permitting Fees for Flood Related Repairs

The Radnor Township Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a motion at their special meeting on Monday, August 20, 2018 to refund any permitting fees paid by Residents or Businesses directly impacted by the August 13 flooding, and to waive any future permitting fees for repairs needed as a result of the same August 13 flooding.  Township Officials noted that residents / businesses will need to provide proof of the flooding damage via pictures and certified reports from contractors, similar to an insurance claim. 

The August 20 motion serves as an immediate step to allow the refund / fee waiver program to begin.  To better memorialize the program going forward, a Resolution will be considered at the Board of Commissioners’ regularly scheduled meeting on September 10, 2018.

The Community Development Department stresses that the fee waiver does not mean that the permits and inspections are no longer required.  All repairs that would otherwise need a permit and inspection still require the necessary paperwork to be filed with the Township.  These permits are an important step towards the safety of the public to ensure that contractors are registered and that their work is code compliant. 

Questions on this program can be directed to the Community Development Department at

Governor Tom Wolf said a public inquiry hotline is now available to 
citizens who need assistance cleaning up after devastating flooding 

Anyone who would like to request help should call 272-200-3211 for assistance. The hotline will be staffed from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, including weekends through August 31. Volunteers will provide physical labor, such as mucking out basements, removing damaged flooring and drywall, and removing debris.

Callers will need to provide basic information, including but not limited to their address, the type of work they need help with, and the status of utility services at the site. Callers will also need to verbally give their permission for call takers to share their information with the volunteer organizations. 

While every effort will be made to help those who need it, the responding organizations will prioritize service delivery according to their own criteria and ability to assist. It may take several days for volunteer teams to respond.

In addition, the Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7 national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. Free help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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