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Gov. Tom Wolf announces federal aid is available to York, Lancaster County residents affected by late-August storm

FOX43 file photo from August 31, 2018 shows flash flood warters along Route 283 in Lancaster County.

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday that federal aid is available for those who suffered significant flood damage to their homes and businesses during the severe storms that occurred in late August.

The U.S. Small Business Administration approved Wolf’s request to declare a disaster in York and Lancaster counties in the aftermath of the storm that swept through those areas on August 31.

“Residents throughout the commonwealth are still recovering from the record-shattering storms that disrupted their lives this summer,” Wolf said in the announcement. “Loan programs like these provide a low-cost and accessible lifeline to individuals starting the rebuilding and recovery process.”

Homeowners, renters and businesses impacted by the storms in Lancaster and York Counties, as well as neighboring counties Adams, Berks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin and Lebanon may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans through the SBA Disaster Loan Programs.

Low-interest 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 will establish Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOC) to assist anyone who wishes to apply for a loan, Wolf said in the announcement.

The centers will be open at the following locations and times:

York County Dept. of Emergency Services

120 Davies Drive, York

Training Room

Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center

101 Champ Blvd. Manheim

Conference Room

The centers will open Monday, Oct. 22 at 10 a.m. and operating through Monday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m.

The center will operate from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. The centers will be closed on Sunday, Oct. 28.

 SBA customer service representatives will be on hand at the disaster loan outreach centers to issue loan applications, answer questions about the disaster loan program, explain the application process and help individuals to complete their applications.

Individuals and businesses unable to visit the centers 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 disastercustomerservice@sba.gov

Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Completed applications should be returned to the local DLOC or 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. 17, 2018.

The deadline to return economic injury disaster loan applications is July 18, 2019.