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IVAN Flood Disaster Recovery

Where to Get or Give Help for Flood Cleanup


The remnants of Hurricane Ivan dumped up to nine inches of rain across Western Pennsylvania on Friday, September 17, 2004, triggering massive flooding and mud slides which damaged or destroyed numerous bridges and closed hundreds of roadways around the area. Thousands of homes and businesses in Allegheny County and the surrounding counties of Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Indiana, Washington and Westmoreland counties were severely damaged or destroyed by the massive flooding. For more information on the flood disaster recovery efforts:

Flood Recovery Assistance

Federal Disaster aid
Flood victims can apply for federal disaster aid by calling (800) 621-3362 or (800) 462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing- and speech-impaired. Flood victims should keep records, including photos, of all damages and all insurance documents.

Allegheny County Emergency Operations Center
Public Inquiry Hotline 412-423-0202

Legal aid
Members of the Allegheny County Bar Association are offering free 30-minute legal consultations to flood victims. Lawyers will answer questions on insurance and real estate issues. To schedule a consultation, call (412) 261-5555 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Property Damage Assistance
For assistance or questions regarding damage to your personal property, contact your Local Emergency Management Coordinator.

Unemployment assistance
People displaced from their jobs because of the flooding are eligible for unemployment assistance. Disaster unemployment assistance is also available to the self-employed or those who would not normally qualify for regular state unemployment assistance. Call (877) 345-3382 for more information.

More Sources for Help
Salvation Army
The Salvation Army has opened four new service centers in Allegheny County:

  • Chartiers Valley - 505 Washington Ave.
  • Carnegie - 209 Corbet St.
  • Tarentum - 300 Holland Ave.
  • Braddock - Seneca Valley EMS headquarters, on Main Street in Sharpsburg
The centers are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Victims seeking assistance may need to show proof of residence. For more disaster assistance information, call the Salvation Army at (412) 394-4885.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh
For help in Allegheny County, call (412) 456-6976. In surrounding western Pennsylvania counties, call (800) 321-2273.

Road Condition Update
Allegheny County Maintained Roads
Pennsylvania State Maintained Roads

Vaccination Clinic Locations
Due to limited supply of tetanus vaccine, shots will be given to emergency responders first who have done rescue or have had water exposure. It is important to be aware that anyone who has had a tetanus injection within the past ten years is fully protected and needs no additional immunization. The general public should consult with their primary care physician prior to visiting one of these tetanus vaccine clinics.
Allegheny County Tetanus Vaccination Sites

Flood Donations & Assistance
If you would like to make a donation to individuals impacted by Hurricane Ivan within Allegheny County, contact the American Red Cross at 412-263-3100 or the Salvation Army at 412-922-4808. They are asking for monetary donations to be made in lieu of food, clothing or supplies.

Money, cleaning supplies, food and other items for flood victims and emergency workers are being accepted at numerous fire halls, churches and other locations throughout Allegheny County, including:.

Etna - Money may be sent to the Etna Flood Relief Fund, c/o St. Vincent DePaul Society at All Saints Church, 19 Wilson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

Oakmont - St. Irenaeus Church at (412) 828-9846

Catholic Charities' Development Office - (412) 456-6969

Western Pennsylvania Kerry-Edwards campaign headquarters - 225 Ross St., first floor, Downtown; donations can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays.

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