SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Residents and Businesses Affected by Flash Flooding


Press Release 

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Utah residents and business owners affected by the storms and flash flooding that occurred in Carbon County on Aug. 4-5, U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced today. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. Gary Herbert on Aug. 22.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Carbon County and the neighboring counties of Duchesne, Emery, Sanpete, Uintah and Utah.

“The U. S. Small Business Administration is strongly committed to providing Utah with the most effective and customer-focused response possible, and we will be there to provide access to federal disaster loans to help finance recovery for residents and businesses affected by the disaster,” said Contreras-Sweet. “Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

“Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, nonprofit organizations whose property was damaged or destroyed by this disaster,” said SBA’s Utah District Director Stan Nakano. “Beginning Wednesday, August 27, SBA representatives will be on hand at the following Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application,” Nakano continued.

The center will be open on the days and times indicated. No appointment is necessary.

Disaster Loan Outreach Center
City Hall
73 South Main Street
Helper, UT 84526
Opens Wednesday, Aug. 27 at 1 p.m.
Mondays – Fridays, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(Closed Monday, September 1 for Labor Day)
Closes Thursday, September 11 at 5 p.m.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.
Businesses of any size and private, nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to homeowners and businesses to help with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Interest rates can be as low as 2.063% for homeowners and renters, 2.625% for private, nonprofit organizations and 4% for businesses, with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or e-mailing Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339.For more information about SBA’s disaster assistance programs, visit

The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is October 27, 2014. The deadline to return economic injury applications is May 27, 2015.

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