Philadelphia joins state in offering help, resources for Ida victims

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A week after the historic flooding on Main Street in Manayunk, larger businesses received help from disaster recovery companies, using heavy equipment to clean up the mess. However, small business owners like Shirley Mitchell were still at loose ends.

“I come from a very proud family. You don’t ask for help. You just get tougher. And through this, I’m going to be honest with you, I need some help,” she admitted.

Mitchell went to the Multi-Agency Resource Center hoping to get it.

“And not a loan with a low-interest rate, because nobody needs another bill after a pandemic. We need help, financial help, to get back up on our feet again,” she said.

State and local agencies are offering help to Philadelphia residents and businesses impacted by last week’s flooding from Hurricane Ida.

The Philadelphia Commerce Department, utilities, Pennsylvania Insurance Department, Red Cross and Salvation Army were among the more than a dozen agencies trying to help Mitchell and others problem-solve.