Local Area Approved For Flood Aid From U.S. Small Business Administration.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved Governor Wolf’s request to declare a disaster in 6 counties including Columbia, Northumberland, and Schuylkill Counties as the result of flood damage to homes and businesses sustained during severe storms back in August. The disaster declaration means the SBA will make low-interest loans available to qualified homeowners, renters, and businesses impacted by the flooding that occurred between August 10th and the 15th. Businesses and individuals in neighboring counties such as Montour, Sullivan, Luzerne and Lycoming Counties can also apply for SBA assistance.

You can get a loan application and information by calling 800-659-2955. Also, the SBA will operate a Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOC) from today through next Thursday at several area locations to assist anyone who wishes to apply for a loan.

Columbia County Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Benton Borough Building
590 Everett Street
Benton, PA 17814

Northumberland County Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Warrior Run Area Fire Department Headquarters
1125 Main Street
Watsontown, PA 17777

Schuylkill County Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Port Carbon Borough Municipal Building
301 First Street
Port Carbon, PA 17965

Hours of operation:

Thursday, Dec. 13— 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 14— 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 15— 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 16— CLOSED

Monday, Dec. 17— 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 18— 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 19— 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 20— 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.