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

Posted at 11:52 AM on Jul 4, 2019

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Special to SVLfreenews.com

RALEIGH -- Gov. Roy Cooper has 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,” Cooper explained. “We want to work to make sure people get as much help as possible to recover from this unexpected disaster.”

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.

More than 600 homes in Catawba and Mecklenburg counties were affected by the heavy rains in early June. Downed trees also caused damage to homes and blocked roads.

Recovery Centers

Two recovery centers are open through July 11 for residents to apply for assistance. 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.

Catawba County Disaster Recovery Center
Springs Road Baptist Church
3580 Springs Rd. NE, Hickory

Mecklenburg County Disaster Recovery Center
Charlotte Fire Station #33
2001 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road, Charlotte

Online Applications

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

Learn More

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 and brought to the recovery centers.

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