Gov. Corbett: Ice storm damage 'may be worse than Sandy'

Published: 9:41 AM EST Feb 07, 2014   Updated: 1:31 PM EST Feb 07, 2014
Corbett tours storm damage

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is comparing this week's storm to Hurricane Sandy, saying the ice storm might actually be worse.

The governor toured storm damage in Blue Bell, Montgomery Co., on Thursday.

Corbett said crews will come in from as far away as Chicago to help restore power to the thousands still without, but he said recovery could be more difficult compared to other major disasters like Sandy because workers now are dealing with ice,  snow and freezing temperatures.

"The safety of our citizens is my number one priority," Corbett said. "I have activated the resources of twelve state agencies and this morning was notified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that my request for support services from the federal government has been approved," Corbett said. "The effects of this storm are as significant as those experienced during Hurricane Sandy.”

Support from FEMA will include generators for hospitals, nursing homes and other similar facilities of notable capacity.

The assistance is approved for Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery, Philadelphia and York counties.