Rozzi to welcome DEP Secretary Richard Negrin and PennDOT Secretary Mike Carroll to Berks County to explore flood damage, prevention measures next week

READING, Oct. 6 – Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Richard Negrin and Department of Transportation Secretary Mike Carroll will join state Rep. Mark Rozzi for a tour to examine flood-damaged areas of his Berks County legislative district and to explore potential solutions.

Rozzi will take Carroll and Negrin through Muhlenberg and Antietam townships on Tuesday, Oct. 10, where flooding caused millions of dollars’ worth in damages this past summer and community-wide restoration efforts continue. Rozzi said the goal of the visit is to assess the remaining damages so proactive measures could be implemented to prevent future catastrophes.

“I’ve heard from hundreds of people in my district about how flooding in the area has affected their lives, whether last summer’s incident was the first time they’ve dealt with this or just the most recent,” Rozzi said “Severe floods are a major problem for Berks County residents. They wreak havoc on people’s homes, our infrastructure and cleaning up the aftermath is a long, tedious and expensive problem. It doesn’t need to be this way. That’s why I’m happy to welcome Secretary Negrin and Secretary Carroll so we can work together on ensuring the Reading area is more prepared for these severe weather events and we’re able to overcome them faster and more efficiently.”

Since the area’s last flood in July, Rozzi has continuously worked with state and local officials to repair the damages as swiftly as possible while gathering feedback on how to prevent such severe devastation in the future. The tour he’s leading Tuesday is a part of those ongoing efforts.

Questions regarding the tour can be directed to Rozzi’s office by calling 610-921-8921.