Assistance Approved for Victims of Severe Flooding in Elk County
Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today
announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration approved his request to
declare Elk County a disaster area after severe storms and flooding caused
significant damage to homes and businesses on May 21 and 22.
declaration will help Pennsylvanians affected by these severe storms get the
assistance they need,” said Corbett. “I want to thank the federal authorities
for swiftly responding to our request.”
and business owners in Elk County, as well as the neighboring counties of
Cameron, Clearfield, Forest, Jefferson, McKean and Warren, may be eligible for
low-interest disaster loans through the SBA Disaster Loan Programs.
Business Administration (SBA) officials, along with local, county and state
officials, conducted damage assessments across the region. The governor used
the damage assessment results to support his assistance request to the
loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace
damaged or destroyed real estate. SBA regulations permit loans up to $40,000 to
repair or replace personal property. Businesses and nonprofits can borrow up to
$2 million to restore damaged or destroyed buildings, inventory, equipment and
assets. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each
applicant’s financial qualifications.
The SBA has
established a Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) at the Elk County Public
Safety Building and Emergency Operations Center at 653 Montmorenci Rd.,
Ridgeway, PA 15853, behind the North Central Planning building. The DLOC will
be open weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Tuesday, June 10 through Thursday, June
19. Hours on Saturday, June 14 are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The center is closed on
Sunday, June 15.
customer service representatives will be on hand at the DLOC to issue loan
applications, answer questions about the disaster loan program, explain the
application process and help individuals to complete their applications.
and businesses unable to visit the center in person may obtain information and
loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at
1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the hearing impaired), or by e-mailing email@example.com.
applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster.
Completed applications should be returned to the center or mailed to: U.S.
Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925
Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Aug. 4, 2014.
The deadline to return economic injury applications is March 5, 2015.
contacts: Ruth A.
Miller, PEMA: 717-651-2161 or firstname.lastname@example.org