Governor's office offers federal aid for those affected by summer floods

Ian Bush
December 12, 2018 - 12:23 pm
Gov. Tom Wolf tours areas in Delaware County affected by severe weather and flooding on Aug. 16, 2018.

The Office of Governor Tom Wolf via Flickr

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — There's now federal help available for people affected by serious flooding this past August in Philadelphia, as well as in Delaware and Montgomery counties.

The governor's office said low-interest loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners, per the Small Business Administration's regulations, and businesses and nonprofits can borrow up to $2 million to restore damaged inventory, buildings and assets.

“Despite the devastating impact of these storms and the hard work of county and state emergency management personnel to document the damage and make the case for providing aid through the Individual Assistance program, the federal government determined that the scope of the damage didn’t warrant such aid,” said Governor Tom Wolf in a press release. “In lieu of funding from that program, my office immediately sought support through the SBA. Low-interest loan programs like these have proven to be important financial lifelines for families recovering from catastrophic weather events.”

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The agency will open a local outreach center Thursday at the Emergency Services Building on Middletown Road in Media.