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Local Government – Bensalem Township

Governor Wolf Announces Availability of Low-Interest Loans for Survivors of Devastating July Flooding



Governor Tom Wolf announced Thursday that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved his request to make financial aid available to residents in Bucks, Philadelphia and Tioga counties after severe storms caused devastating flooding and significant damage on July 12. Residents and businesses in the neighboring counties of Bradford, Delaware, Lehigh, Lycoming, Montgomery, Northampton and Potter can also apply for aid.

“The devastation caused by this flooding will linger in the minds of survivors for years to come,” said Gov. Wolf. “But it is our hope that these low-interest loans provide much-needed assistance in helping people get back to normal as quickly as possible.”

According to the National Weather Service, the flood-affected areas received anywhere from 6 to 10 or more inches of rain in a three- to four-hour period, damaging homes and destroying personal property and cars. Homeowners, renters and businesses impacted by the flooding in Bradford, Bucks, Delaware, Lehigh, Lycoming, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Potter and Tioga counties may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans through the SBA Disaster Loan Programs.

Low-interest loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners and renters to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, and SBA regulations also permit loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged personal property, including vehicles. Businesses and nonprofits can borrow up to $2 million to restore damaged or destroyed buildings, inventory, equipment and other physical losses. Economic Injury Disaster Loans are also available and may also be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact, whether or not the business sustained physical damage from the storm.

The SBA offers long-term repayment options to keep payments affordable, with terms up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.

The SBA will open Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs) in Bucks County and Philadelphia to provide in-person assistance for those wishing to apply, and anyone from any county included in the disaster declaration can visit any DLOC location. The Tioga County DLOC will be established virtually. However, businesses and individuals may immediately obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing

Bucks County:  
Lower Bucks Government Services Center
7321 New Falls Rd.
Levittown, PA 19055

Tentative Hours of Operation:
Monday, Aug. 2: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday – Friday, Aug. 3 – Aug. 6: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday, Aug. 7: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (This is the only Saturday)
Sunday, Aug. 8: CLOSED
Monday – Wednesday, Aug. 9 – Aug. 11: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday, Aug. 12 – 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Katharine Drexel Library
11099 Knights Rd.
Philadelphia, PA 19154

Tentative Hours of Operation:
Monday, Aug. 2: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday – Friday, Aug. 3 – Aug. 6: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday, Aug. 7: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (This is the only Saturday)
Sunday, Aug. 8: CLOSED
Monday – Wednesday, Aug. 9 – Aug. 11: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday, Aug. 12 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center (VDLOC)
Hours of Operation:
Sunday – Saturday 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Customer Service Center: 800-659-2955

Alternatively, loan applications can be downloaded at and completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The SBA has created a number of fact sheets to help applicants understand the SBA loan process:

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Sept. 27, 2021. The deadline to return economic injury disaster loan applications is April 29, 2022.

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Cops, Courts & Fire -Bristol Township

Bristol Township Police Reports: Milwaukee Man Jailed for Burglary, Vehicle Vandalized in Levittown and More




Bristol Township Police Reports July 12, 2024 – July 14, 2024

Burglary: Commercial 7-12-24, 0235 hours, Veterans Highway, Bristol, Pa. The below subject was arrested on the charges of Burglary, Criminal Trespass and Possess Instrument of Crime.  The subject was processed and arraigned by Judge Hughes.  Bail was set at $100,000/10 and released to the Constables. Myron Donte Vacca, B/M, 41 years old 52nd Street Milwaukee, WI

Arrest 7-12-24, 0416 hours, Millcreek Road, Levittown, Pa. The below subject was arrested on a Bench Warrant out of Bucks County and released to the Sheriff’s. Edwin Charles Reiner, W/M, 37 years old Goldenridge Drive Levittown, Pa

Arrest 7-12-24, 0937 hours, Westview Avenue, Bristol, Pa. The below subject was arrested on a Local Warrant out of Bristol Township.  The subject was processed and arraigned by Judge Wagner.  Bail was set at $75,000/10% and released to the Sheriff’s. Roy Joseph Miller, W/M, 67 years old Westview Avenue Bristol, Pa

Theft: Retail 7-12-24, 0124 hours, Bristol Pike, Bristol, Pa. On 7-12-24 an unknown subject removed several items passing all points of sale.  The estimated value is $40.00.

Theft 7-12-24, 1012 hours, Western Avenue, Bristol, Pa. On 7-12-24 at approximately 0310 hours an unknown subject removed a leaf blower from a work trailer.  The estimated value is $400.00.

Theft 7-12-24, 1934 hours, Veterans Highway, Bristol, Pa. On 7-12-24 at approximately 1924 an unknown subject stole a 2010 Honda.  No value given.

Theft: Retail 7-13-24, 1957 hours, New Falls Road, Levittown, Pa. On 7-13-24 at approximately 1930 hours, two unknown subjects removed several items passing all points of sale.  The estimated value is $300.00.

Theft 7-14-24, 1046 hours, Haines Road, Levittown, Pa. Sometime overnight an unknown subject removed a 2016 Dodge Challenger.  No value given.

Vandalism 7-13-24, 0725 hours, Bristol Oxford Valley Road, Levittown, Pa. Sometime overnight an unknown subject spray painted graffiti on a 2003 Dodge  Caravan.  No damage value given.

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Local Government – Bensalem Township

Garbage-Yard Waste Pickup Schedule for Independence Day Holiday




Bristol Borough
Being that July 4th 2024 falls on the 1st Thursday of the month, which is the Yard Waste Collection day, J.P. Mascaro & Sons will be collecting yard waste the following Thursday, 7/11/2024.

Bristol Twp
A refuse and recycling holiday collection schedule is in effect for this week, beginning July 4th through July 6th due to the Independence Day holiday. There will be no Refuse, Recycling or Yard Waste Collection on Thursday, July 4th. Service scheduled for Thursday will be delayed to Friday, July 5th. All subsequent trash/recycling/yard waste collection will be delayed by one day. For example, pickup normally scheduled for Friday, July 5th will be delayed to Saturday, July 6th. Regular collection services will resume the following week. Please call 267-812-2950 for additional information or questions.

Whitetail Disposal
Collection will be completed on a one day delay for service.
Thursday service will occur on Friday. Friday service will occur on Saturday.
For the remainder of our residential customers, your service will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week.

Falls Township
If the holiday falls on your regular pickup day, trash will be collected on your next regular service day. Recyclables will be picked up on your scheduled service day the following week.

Langhorne Borough
If a scheduled holiday (Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day) falls on a regularly scheduled pickup day, pickup will be the following day.

Lower Makefield
Residents have private contractors who set their holiday schedule

Middletown Township
When a holiday falls on a collection day, trash will be collected on the next regular collection day. When a holiday falls on a recycling day, recyclables will be collected the following day.

The holiday collection schedule will be on a one day delay from the day of the holiday. For example, a Monday holiday will be a Tuesday pickup, Tuesday will be Wednesday, Wednesday will be Thursday, Thursday will be Friday, and Friday will be Saturday. All pickup days will be delayed by one day during any holiday week. This includes six holidays, New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Penndel Borough
Trash and recycling is picked up every Thursday morning. Holiday weeks push trash/recycling pickups to Friday, unless the holiday falls on a Friday.

There will be no bulk or yard waste pickups the week of July 1st through July 5th.  Pickups will resume on Monday, July 8th.

Yardley Borough
Yardley Borough collection days are Wednesday Trash and Recycling – Saturday Trash and Bulk

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Cops, Courts & Fire -Bensalem Township

PECO: Treefall Causes Damage to Powerline, Roadblocks in Bristol



A PECO power line pole in Bristol Township went down calling out area first responders Sunday night causing road blockages on Rt 13 and surrounding the area.

Bristol area first responders shut down access to Bath Road from Beaver Dam to Bristol Commerce Park, from Rt 13 and Bath St and even closed a small two block section of Bath Street in Bristol Borough from Buckley Street, to Rt 13.

Credit: Motorcycle Joe

PECO confirmed a fire-police call was initiated and their crews responded to the scene. They deemed the area safe from their standpoint and no outages in Bristol were reported, a spokesperson said.

Initial unconfirmed reports coming into Lower Bucks Source were a powerline pole caught fire.

The PECO Outage Map, as of 8:15 pm noted two outages in the Bristol -Bensalem area currently with over a dozen customers impacted.

There were no reported injuries.

In an unrelated incident, PECO said the Bensalem area is experiencing an outage and work crews are on-site with power restoration estimated to be four hours.

Efforts to reach area first responders for comment on the outage and reported fire were unsuccessful as of 8:35 pm

Updates as they come in

Credit: Motorcycle Joe

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