SBA Turns Thumbs Down on Local Flood Assistance

About a dozen businesses in downtown Burlington suffered flood damage, but a number of others did not…and those figures prompted the Small Business Administration to say “no,” to Des Moines County’s request for SBA financial assistance.

County Emergency Management Coordinator Gina Hardin says the federal agency requires at least 25 businesses and/or individuals to be significantly impacted by the flooding or lift station failure and the County was at least 11 short of the cut-off. Residents still have the option of calling Community Action at 753-0193 if they need help paying for flood damage.

Meanwhile, the push for funding assistance for public facilities…like the Market Street Lift Station…continues.

Hardin says one thing we tend to forget is that a lot of improvements have been made in the last six years.

Again, if your private property sustained significant damage from the flood, call Community Action at 753-0193.