Disaster loans available for those affected by the July floods
WASHINGTON, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – As storms ravaged Knox, Martin, Daviess and Greene counties in late July, Washington Mayor David Rhoads immediately got to work providing for affected residents.
“The storms arrived at the end of July this year after which we had a lot of citizens who needed help. So we contacted the local director of emergency management services, Daviess County EMA, that’s what we were supposed to do, and in return they contacted the state of Indiana,” Rhoads said.
The U.S. Small Business Administration granted the disaster declaration after Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s request last week, and now residents of affected counties can apply for disaster relief loans online.
The SBA currently provides an in-person resource center at the West End Fire Department in Washington, where residents can ask questions and begin the application process, according to public affairs specialist Liliana Tschanett.
“They are able to answer all your questions, they are able to start your application process, so all the documentation that sometimes is needed, and some people are hesitant to put all that information together and do the application online,” a- she declared. “Take advantage of the fact that we are here, and we can just start the process for you.”
Tschanett said she is working to ensure as many people as possible access the center before it closes on Thursday, September 15.
“Most of the time, the people who have been most affected in the aftermath of a disaster don’t hear or hear too late the news that the center is open,” she said. “My mission is to let everyone know we’re here, we’re here until the 15th, and to take advantage of the fact that we have open doors.”
Rhoads said it can also help people find other resources for relief.
“I don’t want citizens to be alarmed about the process, because it’s the first step to take to get another help. Not everyone is going to qualify, and that’s okay, it’s the process. If you are not eligible for [an SBA loan] there are other steps they can take to get more help,” he said.
Flood-affected residents in Knox, Martin, Daviess and Greene counties can apply for the loan. The online application deadline for physical damage loans is October 31 this year and the deadline for economic damage loans is May 31, 2023.