September flood victims have until Dec. 10 to apply for disaster loans
Homeowners, renters and businesses affected by the Sept. 9-10 flooding in Westmoreland County have until Dec. 10 to apply for low-interest disaster loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration.
The SBA, in approving Gov. Tom Wolf’s request for a disaster declaration, agreed that there was “significant damage” from the storm, which caused extensive flooding along the Youghiogheny River, Sewickley Creek, Little Sewickley Creek and elsewhere in the county.
Among the hardest-hit communities were West Newton, Gratztown, Sutersville and Lowber. Flood-affected residents in Allegheny, Armstrong, Cambria, Fayette, Indiana, Somerset and Washington counties also may qualify.
Homeowners can apply for low-interest SBA loans of up to $200,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, and 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.
Individuals and businesses 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 .
Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Dec. 10. The deadline to return economic injury disaster loan applications is July 9, 2019.
Stephen Huba is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Stephen at 724-850-1280, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @shuba_trib.