Bucks County Commissioner Gene DiGirolamo at Lafayette Gardens in Bensalem.

BENSALEM >> The Bucks County Commissioners have approved a Declaration of Disaster Emergency in response to the July 12th flash flooding in several Lower Bucks communities.

Signed Thursday morning, July 15 the disaster declaration allows the county Emergency Management Agency to cut through red tape when providing assistance to those impacted by the storms that wreaked havoc in Bensalem, Bristol Borough and Bristol Township.

An estimated 100 homes incurred damage considered to be “major,” as defined by Federal Emergency Management Agency guidelines. It is believed hundreds more homes also sustained damage during the storms, albeit less severe.

The June 12 storms likewise inflicted damage on roadways and other public infrastructure in the area.

County emergency management officials’ damage assessment efforts are ongoing, with totals expected to rise into the millions of dollars.

The commissioners are working with state legislators, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and other state and local partners to secure all available, appropriate resources to assist in recovery.

Earlier this week, the county and its partners brought a “Multi-Agency Resource Center” to the Lower Bucks area to assist those affected.

Anyone displaced by the storm and in need of shelter should contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767. (Select option four.)

Residents and business owners are urged to report storm damage to municipal officials using the following phone numbers: Bensalem Township – 215-633-3741; Bristol Borough – 215-788-3828, ext. 12; and Bristol Township – 267-812-2938.

Municipal officials should report damage to Bucks County Emergency Management by emailing bucksema@buckscounty.org or calling 215-340-8700.

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