Fayette, Westmoreland storm victims may apply through SBA for funds to fix flood damage
By Liz Zemba
Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Homeowners, renters and businesses in Fayette and Westmoreland counties that were affected by recent severe storms and flash flooding are now eligible for low-interest loans through the Small Business Administration to repair damage, but officials are still waiting on a federal disaster declaration needed for grants.
The Small Business Administration on Wednesday announced it approved Gov. Tom Corbett's request to declare Fayette, Jefferson and Clearfield counties disaster areas so residents can apply for the low-interest loans. Another 14 counties that border the three, including Westmoreland, are eligible for the loans, as well, according to the agency.
The loans are to repair storm and flooding damage between June 27 and July 12.
Guy Napolillo, assistant emergency management director and 911 coordinator for Fayette County, said at least two homes were destroyed in the flooding, two had major damage and 29 had minor damage. Napolillo said the figures are incomplete because not everyone who had damage has contacted the county to report it.
“We're still getting phone calls,” Napolillo said.
Napolillo said officials are waiting for a federal disaster declaration, which would make municipalities and individuals eligible for grants and other types of loans to repair roads and bridges. He estimated damage to public roads and bridges countywide at $1.8 million.
In addition, Napolillo said seven private roads and bridges were damaged.
The hardest-hit areas in Fayette were North Union, Connellsville and Dunbar townships and South Connellsville and Dunbar boroughs, Napolillo said.
An SBA disaster outreach center where residents can obtain information and applications on the low-interest loans is expected to be open by the end of the week in the new terminal building at the Joseph A. Hardy Connellsville Airport in Dunbar Township, Napolillo said.
Loans of up to $40,000 are available to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property, according to the SBA. Loans of up to $200,000 are available for damage to real estate.
In addition, information is available by calling the SBA at 1-800-659-2955. Loan applications are available at www.sba.gov.
The other Pennsylvania counties that are eligible for the loans are Indiana, Somerset, Washington, Greene, Armstrong, Blair, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clinton, Elk and Forest.
Liz Zemba is a reporter for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-601-2166 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- ‘Ninja’ sentenced to psych hospital
- Man sent to prison for role in beer party fight
- Connellsville library to host Job/Career Club
- To 1940s teenagers in Connellsville, World War II was a constant companion
- South Connellsville Borough to hold ‘Christmas Celebration’
- WCVI building in Connellsville awaits buyer for possible renovations
- $500 reward offered for Nicholson assailant
- Museum offers tribute to Connellsville’s past
- Downtown Connellsville had it all in the 1940s and 1950s
- 3 Connellsville area veterans share stories from World War II
- Classic ballet to take Geyer stage