BY ERIC HRIN

CANTON TWP. - The 2011 flooding in Canton Township brought a flood of paperwork.

At this week's township supervisors meeting, Mary Graham, who filled it all out, was on hand to give the supervisors a progress report on the flood paperwork.

In total, she said, the flood payments to the township are $1,163,919.06 from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Breaking the amount down, she noted that the township received seven checks totaling $343,836.44 for the April 2011 Flood Irene small projects and six checks totaling $424,082.62 for the Sept. 3, 2011 Flood small projects.

Under the Sept. 3, 2011 Flood large project for Williams Hollow, she noted that PEMA/FEMA has committed to $396,938.70, and the township should receive this check within a couple of weeks after the paperwork has been submitted.

She showed the supervisors the large pile of paperwork that was required, some of it she had packed in a yellow crate.

She thought it was an overwhelming amount.

"And for me to say it's too much paperwork is really amazing."

Graham, the former township secretary-treasurer, was impressed by the total amount of payments, noting the township would have been bankrupted if it had to foot the bill.

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: reviewtroy@thedailyreview.com