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SD 14056-01 SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to South Dakota Residents and Businesses Affected by Severe Storms, Flooding and Tornadoes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to South Dakota residents and business owners affected by severe storms, flooding and tornadoes that occurred June 13 - 20, 2014, U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced today.  SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster following the July 10, 2014 denial of the state’s request for a major disaster declaration.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in the primary South Dakota counties of Jerauld and Lincoln and the neighboring South Dakota counties of Aurora, Beadle, Brule, Buffalo, Clay, Hand, Minnehaha, Sanborn, Turner and Union; and the Iowa counties of Lyon and Sioux.

“The U. S. Small Business Administration is strongly committed to providing South Dakota with the most effective and customer-focused response possible, and we will be there to provide access to federal disaster loans to help finance recovery for residents and businesses affected by the disaster,” said Contreras-Sweet.  “Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

“Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, nonprofit organizations whose property was damaged or destroyed by this disaster,” said SBA’s Regional Administrator Matt Varilek.  “Beginning Wednesday, July 16, SBA representatives will be on hand at the following Disaster Loan Outreach Centers to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application,” Varilek continued.  The centers will be open on the days and times indicated.  No appointment is necessary.

Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Jerauld County Ag Building
604 2nd Street NE
Wessington Springs, SD  57382

Opens Wednesday, July 16 at 12 pm
Mondays - Fridays, 9 am – 6 pm
Closes Thursday, July 31 at 1 pm

Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Canton High School
800 N. Main Street
Canton, SD  57013

Opens Wednesday, July 16 at 9 am
Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 am – 6 pm
Fridays, 9 am - 4 pm
Closes Thursday, July 31 at 6 pm

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate.  Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Businesses of any size and private, nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.  SBA can also lend additional funds to homeowners and businesses to help with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.  EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Interest rates can be as low as 2.188 percent for homeowners and renters, 2.625 percent for private, nonprofit organizations and 4 percent for businesses, with terms up to 30 years.  Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or e-mailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.  Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339.  For more information about SBA’s disaster assistance programs, visit http://SBA’s Disaster Assistance web page.

The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is September 12, 2014.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is April 14, 2015.

SBA Field Operations Center - West, P.O. Box 419004, Sacramento, CA 95841

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Release Number: 
SD 14056-01
Release Date: 
Monday, July 14, 2014 - 12:00am
Richard Jenkins (916) 735-1500
Related State: 
South Dakota
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