RIDGWAY â€“ Elk County residents may soon see some relief in the form of low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA) following a disastrous flooding incident that ravaged the area two weeks ago.
"The governor has since sent a letter to the federal government requesting the SBA declaration, and as of [Tuesday] morning we have not seen that come back to us yet," said Mike McAllister, director of Elk County's Office of Emergency Services. "Everything that weâ€™re hearing and seeing, weâ€™re pretty positive that weâ€™ll see that declaration come down to us. Once that occurs then the federal government will come in and set up a service center location where the victims can meet with FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency] officials and look at SBA loans, and determine their eligibility and just exactly what they can do. Victims also will be able to do this online."