FEMA opens disaster recovery center in Downingtown

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania / FEMA Disaster Recovery Center located at Ashbridge Square Shopping Center, 945 East Lancaster Avenue, Downingtown opened on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. to help those whose homes or personal property were affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ida between August 31 -September 5, 2021. The Chester County DRC Location and Hours Are: Ashbridge Square Shopping...

Downingtown-Thorndale Chamber establishes Ida relief fund for businesses

DOWNINGTOWN  — The Downingtown-Thorndale Regional Chamber of Commerce (DTRCC) announces the establishment of its Hurricane Ida Business Relief Fund to assist businesses devastated by flooding related to the storm. Donations are being accepted and can be made online at the Chamber website www.dtrcc.com or by check, and mailing to the Downingtown-Thorndale Regional Chamber of Commerce, 216 E....

KACS, The Garage, & the community answer the call in Ida’s wake

Copious amounts of rain and wind from Hurricane Ida led to flooding and the displacement of 86 residents from Avondale Apartments in Southern Chester County. Some of the tenants experienced up to three feet of water in their first-floor units. When Leah Reynolds, Executive Director of Kennett Area Community Services (KACS), and Kristin Proto, Executive Director of The Garage and Community Youth...

Chesco officials announce Federal Disaster status following Ida

WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Commissioners and County Emergency Service officials announced Saturday the confirmation of federal disaster funding assistance for county residents devastated by the impact of Hurricane Ida when the storm hit Chester County on September 1 and 2. The announcement follows the directive to FEMA by President Biden to make federal funding available to affected individuals...

County provides update on donation support for victims of Ida

WEST CHESTER — Chester County Officials have coordinated with key communities in the county impacted by Hurricane Ida, to announce donation opportunities that will meet the most urgent initial, and longer-term needs of the families displaced by Hurricane Ida. “We are so grateful for everyone across the county who are giving time, resources, material goods, and financial donations for those...

Commissioners make formal disaster declaration in wake of Ida

WEST CHESTER — At today’s public meeting, the Chester County Commissioners approved a Declaration of Disaster Emergency, effective from September 9, 2021, for seven days.  The Declaration is pursuant to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Services Code. By approving and signing the Declaration of Disaster Emergency, Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline are taking...

County established resource center for Ida recovery

Chester County officials and the Department of Emergency Services announce the operation of a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) for all individuals and families in Chester County affected by Hurricane Ida. The Chester County MARC is a “one stop shop” that provides assistance to all impacted residents by bringing together staff from many agencies who can help with the services needed to address...

Community steps up to help flooded out Brandywine Ace

By Mike McGann, Editor, the Times @mikemcgannpa Local residents help to clear debris in the parking of Brandywine Ace Pet & Farm in Pocopson. POCOPSON — From a distance, with cars parked everywhere and people everywhere despite looming rain clouds, it looked a lot like a normal Sunday afternoon at Brandywine Ace Pet & Farm. It was anything but. Flood water raged through the store late...