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Haslam seeks SBA aid for storm-ravaged counties

Staff Report • Jul 31, 2013 at 6:04 PM

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has requested assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help people and businesses in Sullivan County and its contiguous counties recover from the severe storms and flash flooding that occurred July 20-21.

The additional Tennessee counties that would be eligible for SBA loans are Carter, Hawkins, Johnson and Washington after damage to homes and businesses occurred in multiple locations.

A joint Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and SBA damage survey shows more than 88 homes and 65 businesses in Sullivan County sustained minor/major damage and loss of inventory. There was one reported death as a result of the storm.

“Tennesseans continue to recover from this storm, and SBA assistance would help these communities restore their homes and businesses,” Haslam said in a prepared release.

SBA provides low interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private, nonprofit organizations to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, inventory and business assets that have been damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster.

Last month, a severe weather front in East Tennessee spawned numerous severe wind shears and strong thunderstorms with straight-line winds often exceeding 30 mph, according to the National Weather Service. Flood and wind damage occurred in multiple locations.

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