Residents of Allegheny, other counties, eligible for storm-damage loans

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Residents and business owners in Allegheny County and neighboring counties who had damage to their homes and businesses because of recent severe weather may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration's Disaster Loan Program.

Gov. Tom Corbett announced today that the SBA had approved his request to declare Allegheny County a disaster area after storms and flooding caused significant damage between June 26 and July 21.

Residents and business owners in Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland counties may also be eligible for the low-interest loans.

The decision was made after SBA officials along with state and local officials conducted damage assessments.

Low-interest loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace real estate. SBA regulations allow loans up to $40,000 for personal property and up to $2 million for business and non-profit organizations for building repairs, and to replace inventory, equipment and assets.

The SBA has established a disaster loan outreach center at the Allegheny County Airport, Main Terminal, Building 12, located on Lebanon Church Road in West Mifflin.

The center will be open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and then through through Aug. 8. It is also open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday.

Those unable to visit the center can call the SBA's Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

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