Flood-damaged residences assessed for aid
State and county officials this week toured about 40 homes in Ligonier Borough and Ligonier, Cook and Donegal townships that were most affected by the flash flood in the eastern end of the county on June 20.
Representatives from the Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency assessed the damage Monday in those areas that were deluged by severe flooding of the Loyalhanna Creek, according to a statement Tuesday from the public safety department.
The assessments were the first step to validate the eligibility for low-interest, long-term U.S. Small Business Administration loans if the SBA makes a disaster declaration.
The public safety department is asking any resident whose home or apartment had flood water on the first floor, damaged contents or damage to land and any improvements around the residence to contact the department by July 23 at 724-600-9539.
Any resident whose property sustained storm damage and meets the criteria can have their information added to the validation process by contacting the emergency management coordinator in the municipality where they live.
For further information visit: www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/files/SBA_Disaster_Loan_Program_Reference_Guide.pdf
Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-5252 or firstname.lastname@example.org.