More than $3.2 million in state financing from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PennVEST) will help two Clarion County municipalities better manage stormwater and reduce flooding in their towns, said Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest) and Sen. Scott Hutchinson (R-Clarion/Butler/Forest).
“In both Clarion and Hawthorn, heavy rainfalls have led to clogged storm drains, and even backups into homes and businesses,” said Oberlander, who is a member of the PennVEST board.
Clarion Borough’s financing includes a $684,000 loan with a 1 percent interest rate and a $1.2 million grant. That will help pay for the installation of 22 storm water inlets, nearly 3,000 feet of 48-inch diameter corrugated metal pipe and connection to 52-inch diameter storm water conveyance system. This will address flooding issues in the area of Boundary Street.
Hawthorn’s project – a $573,000 loan with 1 percent interest and a $756,611 grant – will help install nearly 6,500 feet of storm sewers of varying diameters. Additionally, 60 inlets and nine manholes will be installed. Grass swales will be placed above the majority of storm sewers to promote infiltration.