Dear North East Residents,
Please support this initiative to gain some relief for the devastation many of us have experienced on Oct. 31, 2019. You can contact Mike Kelly 208 E. Bayfront Parkway, Suite 102 Erie, PA 16507 or email or call from his website at www.kelly.house.gov.
Dear Representative Mike Kelly,
I am writing on behalf of the North East, Pennsylvania residents who live along the lake shore and also in support of all Erie residents who enjoy coastal living. As you most likely are aware, on Oc. 31, 2019, our shores were hit with a disaster unlike any experienced in our area since 1986. I watched in horror as waves approaching 20 feet high pummeled my property, knocked down retaining walls, and severely damaged the bluff along the entire coastline. The rubble that exists now is unbelievable. All residents are scrambling to find available contractors to rebuild their walls in order to protect their property. As you know, insurance does not cover any of this damage and the expense of rebuilding is astronomical. My wall has collapsed and severe erosion has now occurred and will continue until I am able to rebuild. What has occurred is not typical or usual erosion. Our area has been devastated by this major disaster that passed through our area leaving many, many property owners now saddled with a “must do” immediate repair need in order to keep their homes and their property safe. The cost to rebuild can run upwards of $30,000 for a typical wall.
I am writing to request on behalf of myself and my neighbors that you investigate our current condition and do what you need to do to have our loss be confirmed a federally declared disaster. This would assist all of us by giving us the opportunity to qualify for a tax break by writing off losses that are not covered by our homeowners’ insurance.
I see that The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review refers to you as “no-nonsense” and “straight-talking” and “a true man of the people.” You state that you are “here to help in any way possible.” Given these accolades I hope I can count on you to support this effort to give the people of the Lake Erie Coastline some much needed support and relief.
I invite you to visit North East and see for yourself the devastation that we are experiencing.
I am looking forward to your support for the voters along the lake in The 16th Pennsylvania Congressional District.
Dr. Janet Rose Wojtalik
North East voter and homeowner