Disaster assistance for storm victims

WHITEMARSH TWP., Pa. - August 21, 2009 Today, the federal government's Small Business Administration set up a Disaster Loan Outreach Center at the Whitemarsh Township building in Lafayette Hill.

It's here to help people who had property damage during the heavy flooding rains back on August 2. In this township alone, 72 homes sustained heavy water damage. The SBA is here to help people apply for federal aid, to cover property loss that's not covered by insurance. Even though it's called the "Small Business Administration", it's here for homeowners and renters, too.

"This is a low-interest, long-term loan designed to help people who've been through a disaster to get them back home again," Richard Daigle of the SBA said.

"This is my fist experience in anything like this and you've lived here for 41 years?" Karolina Pietsch of Upper Moreland said.

Pietsch was preparing to move into a retirement community when the basement wall on her Upper Moreland home collapsed. Now, her plans have been put on hold, since a gaping hole in her foundation allowed mud to fill her basement. Pietsch's home needs extensive repairs before she can finish her move.

"I just want my house fixed. I don't want anything else, just fix my house so I can put it up for sale again," Pietsch said.

The SBA is offering loans of up to $200,000 for damage to real estate and up to $40,000 for uninsured personal property, such as TV sets.

Counselors will be available at the Whitemarsh Township Building through September 3.

MORE INFORMATION: Whitemarsh Township Building
616 Germantown Pike
Lafayette Hill, PA 19444
Hours: Saturday August 22nd and 29th from 9am till 1pm
Monday-Friday: 8:30am till 5pm
Last day: Thursday, September 3rd

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