Feds offer loans to those affected by flash flooding

From staff reports

Pennsylvania businesses and residents affected by flash flooding on July 19 and 20 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, acting Administrator Christopher Pilkerton announced.

Pilkerton made the loans available in response to a letter from Gov. Tom Wolf on Aug. 16, requesting a disaster declaration by the SBA.

According to an SBA news release, the declaration covers Clarion, Venango, Forest, Jefferson, Armstrong and Butler counties.

“The SBA is strongly committed to providing the people of Pennsylvania with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist businesses of all sizes, homeowners and renters with federal disaster loans,” Pilkerton said.

“Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

SBA’s customer service representatives will be available at the Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about the disaster loan program and help individuals complete their applications.

The center is located at New Bethlehem Fire Co. No. 1, 425 Arch St. Its last day of operation is today. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Businesses and individuals can also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s customer service center at (800) 659-2955 or (800) 877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov.

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, Texas 76155.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Oct. 21. The deadline to return economic injury applications is May 20.