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Centre County emergency watershed protection project completed

A stormwater protection project has been completed throughout several areas of Centre County after major flooding last year. (WJAC)

STATE COLLEGE – A stormwater protection project has been completed throughout several areas of Centre County after major flooding last year.

Severe storms struck parts of Centre County, including Milesburg and Bald Eagle, less than a year ago.

The area was hit with heavy rain that caused massive flooding.

Now – those same areas have emergency watershed protection. The county was awarded $187,800 to fund the project and this week the work has officially been completed.

Photos given to us by a county commissioner’s office, show what those areas look like now.

Commissioner Michael Pipe says the work done was crucial.

“We want to make sure all homeowners and all residents of Centre County have safe properties. If we do see high rainfall that they’re able to stay in their home or evacuate as necessary, these projects make us a little safer,” Pipe said.

Ten landowners within the geographic areas of Coleville, Julian and Howard were eligible for stream bank stabilization, rehabilitation, and sediment disposition. All work was completed according to U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service designs, drawings, standards and specifications.

The commissioner said that at a time like this it's always good to pause and take a moment to reflect on the excellent work that was done.

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