SEMA News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 13, 2023
Today, Governor Mike Parson requested the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issue a disaster declaration to make available low-interest loans in response to the April 5 severe storms and EF-2 tornado that caused extensive damage in Bollinger County.
“Joint assessment teams have documented extensive damage to homes and businesses in the impacted area, and I believe an SBA disaster declaration is warranted,” Governor Parson said. “Low-interest SBA loans would help Bollinger County residents and businesses rebuild and expedite the recovery process for the community.”
Representatives from the SBA, State Emergency Management Agency, and local emergency management officials conducted joint damage assessments on April 11 and 12 to determine the extent and type of disaster assistance necessary to assist with recovery efforts. The damage survey indicates that at least 37 homes and nine businesses in Bollinger County sustained major damage. If the Governor’s declaration request is approved, qualifying homeowners, renters, businesses, and non-profits in Bollinger County as well as bordering counties (Cape Girardeau, Perry, Madison, Wayne, and Stoddard) could seek SBA low-interest disaster loans to help with rebuilding and recovery costs.
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