Winter storm to bring several inches of snow to the region Friday through Saturday, blowing and drifting some of that snow on Saturday. There will be significant impacts to travel over the period. Plan now for winter driving conditions and consider altering travel plans to avoid peak snow and wind hazards. After the storm moves through, another shot of cold air will hit the area. Wind chills Sunday morning could range from 25 to 45 below zero.
WASHINGTON – Wisconsin businesses and residents affected by the severe storms and flash flooding on Sept. 22, 2016, can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced today.
Contreras-Sweet made the loans available in response to a letter from Gov. Scott Walker on Oct. 27, requesting a disaster declaration by the SBA. The declaration covers Vernon County and the adjacent counties of Crawford, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland and Sauk in Wisconsin; Allamakee in Iowa; and Houston in Minnesota.
“The SBA is strongly committed to providing the people of Wisconsin with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist businesses of all sizes, homeowners and renters with federal disaster loans,” said Contreras-Sweet. “Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”
SBA’s customer service representatives will be available at the Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about the disaster loan program and help individuals complete their applications.
The Center is located in the following community and is open as indicated:
402 Courthouse St.
Viroqua, WI 54665
Opening: Friday, Nov. 4 at 10:30 a.m.
Hours: Weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Closed: Sunday, Nov. 6
Friday, Nov. 11 (In honor of Veterans Day)
Saturday, Nov. 12 and Sunday, Nov. 13
Closes: Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 3 p.m.
“Businesses and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets,” said SBA’s Wisconsin District Director Eric Ness.
For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.
“Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.
Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes. Eligible mitigation improvements may now include a safe room or storm shelter to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster.
Interest rates are as low as 4 percent for businesses, 2.625 percent for nonprofit organizations, and 1.563 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amount and terms are set by the 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 https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing email@example.com. Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be returned to the center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Dec. 30, 2016. The deadline to return economic injury applications is July 31, 2017.
For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit our website at www.sba.gov/disaster.
Madison – Governor Scott Walker announced today that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved his request for federal low-interest disaster loans for individuals and businesses affected by flash flooding in September. The SBA declared Vernon County, along with the contiguous counties of Crawford, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland and Sauk counties. In addition, Allamakee County in Iowa and Houston County in Minnesota were also listed.
“We’re pleased the U.S. Small Business Administration will be able to assist homeowners and businesses that incurred damage from floods in September,” Governor Walker said. “The low-interest loans will help them get back on their feet as they continue to recover from this natural disaster.”
Assistance in the form of low-interest loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed homes. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property. Low-interest loans of up to $2 million are available to businesses for physical damage and economic loss from the flooding.
Heavy rains caused widespread flooding and mudslides in western Wisconsin on September 21 and September 22. Last week, the SBA completed initial damage assessments and reported more than 30 homes and businesses sustained significant damage and uninsured losses of over $3 million.
To help assist disaster victims, the SBA will open a Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Viroqua, where individuals and businesses will be able to obtain information and loan applications. The center will open Friday, November 4, 2016 at the Banta Building, 402 Courthouse Square in Viroqua beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Richland Center, WI: Richland County Health and Human Services is offering flood related resources and assistance to those Richland County residents that suffered flood related damages.
Resources and Assistance will be available through Richland County Health and Human Services at 221 W Seminary Street, Richland Center, WI 53581 from 8:30am – 5:00pm Monday through Friday.
Resources and Assistance available to those eligible include:
- Clean up kits
- Water test kits for private wells
- Food Share replacement benefits
- Goodwill vouchers
- Salvation Army vouchers
- Food Safety and Cleaning resources
- Furnace repair/replacement
- American Red Cross Assistance
For additional information, please call (608) 647-4616.
If you have experienced damage due to the recent flooding please complete the following form. Clicking the submit via e-mail button on the bottom of the form will send your information to the Emergency Management Staff.
You may also call 608-649-5767 to report damage.