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It took more than twenty years following the devastation of Hurricane Agnes for the federal government to raise the Wyoming Valley levee, and nearly forty for the levee to be tested to its limit.
But now more than ever, it’s clear the government’s investment was worthwhile, former Democratic U.S. Congressman Paul Kanjorski said Friday.
“We probably dodged a bullet that probably would have cost the Wyoming Valley probably five, six billion dollars,” Kanjorski said. “…If those levees hold, there isn’t one person in the Wyoming Valley who shouldn’t just shout that the federal government did something good; that they built one hell of a levee system. We’ve got good, clear evidence that federal government, sometimes, does something right.”