Archive for Tuesday, October 27, 1998


October 27, 1998


About 90 Douglas County residents have contacted the emergency management department requesting financial assistance to help with the aftermath of recent flooding and severe storms, director Paula Phillips told county commissioners Monday.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency looked at a portion of Douglas County properties damaged by flooding, and found 27 to have sustained major damage and 33 minor damage, Phillips said. One property was a complete loss, Phillips said.

Some property owners may be eligible for federal and state assistance. Affected residents may call FEMA at (800) 462-9029 to apply for assistance over the phone. People using telecommunications devices for the deaf may call toll-free at (800) 462-7585.

The hours for applications are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

For information after completing an application, call the FEMA disaster information hotline at (800) 525-0321. The TDD number is (800) 660-8005.

Homeowners, renters, businesses and nonprofit organizations may qualify for help with real estate, personal property and business equipment losses. Loans from the Small Business Administration are available at rates as low as 3.437 percent for up to 30 years at the following limits:

  • Up to $200,000 for homes
  • Up to $40,000 for personal property
  • Up to $1.5 million for businesses

The SBA loans are for uninsured losses. According to a flier from the SBA, insured property owners still may be eligible for losses not covered by their policy, and they do not need to wait for an insurance settlement before applying with the agency.

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