Governor signs state disaster declaration for Catawba, Mecklenburg and surrounding counties

Governor signs state disaster declaration for Catawba, Mecklenburg and surrounding counties
Governor Roy Cooper announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration has granted his request for a disaster declaration for Mecklenburg County and Catawba County, and the contiguous counties of Alexander, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, and Union.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WBTV) - Governor Roy Cooper signed a state disaster declaration for Catawba, Mecklenburg and surrounding counties, including Alexander, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, and Union, making additional assistance available to people affected by heavy rains that flooded homes and roads in those counties on June 7-10.

“This declaration will help those who do not qualify for disaster loans from the Small Business Administration,” said Governor Cooper. “We want to work to make sure people get as much help as possible to recover from this unexpected disaster.”

An initial damage assessment from the June 6 storms found floods and heavy winds blocked roads and caused major damage to more than 50 homes and businesses in Catawba and Mecklenburg counties.

At the Governor’s request, the U.S. Small Business Administration granted a disaster declaration last week for Catawba, Mecklenburg and surrounding counties, allowing affected residents to apply for low interest SBA disaster loans.

With the signing of the state disaster declaration, state funded grants become possible for individuals who do not meet the qualifications for an SBA loan.

SBA loans are designed to help home and business owners where insurance does not fully cover the cost of repairs to a home or business.

The loans can also be used to reduce the economic injury, or replace machinery, equipment and inventory loss caused by the storm.

Disaster Recovery Centers will be open at these locations for affected residents to submit applications from July 2-11, 2019. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Centers will be closed on July 4, 2019.

  • Catawba County Disaster Recovery Center: Springs Road Baptist Church 3580 Springs Rd. NE, Hickory, NC
  • Mecklenburg County Disaster Recovery Center: Fire Department at 2001 Mt Holly-Huntersville Road, Charlotte

Applicants may apply online now using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov.

Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 or 1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, or by emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded at sba.gov.

Completed applications should be returned to the Disaster Recovery Centers 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 August 26, 2019. The deadline to return economic injury applications is March 27, 2020.

With the approval of the SBA declaration, the state is also initiating the process for a Type 1 State disaster declaration which may make state funded grants available to eligible affected homeowners.

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