If you live in Niagara County and were impacted by storm damage in July the Small Business Administration may be able to help.

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The SBA will open a new customer service center at 5574 Niagara Street in Lockport according to Congressman Chris Jacobs.  Hours will be Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. through September 24.

Help will be available to residents and businesses in Niagara County that were impacted by storms and severe flood damage in July. Governor Kathy Hochul had previously requested a physical disaster declaration for Niagara County from the Small Business Association following the severity of the July storm.

Governor Kathy Hochul's office said following a severe weather event on July 20 there was major damage to 29 homes, totaling $542,000, and minor damage to 1,122 homes and 35 businesses totaling $11,715,000.

“We all witnessed the images of severe flooding that was devastating for many in Niagara County, and I surveyed the damage in Lockport as well in the wake of the July 20th storms,” Jacobs said. “Many homeowners, small businesses, and farmers experienced severe damage to buildings and equipment – these disaster loans will allow impacted individuals to make needed repairs and replacements, and also allow aid to assist with financial and economic injury.”

According to the Small Business Administration, there are three types of loans available:

  • Business Physical Disaster Loans
  • Home Disaster Loans
  • Economic Injury Loans

For more information, you can go to the center, call 800-659-2955, or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. You can also apply for assistance online here.

 

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