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McLean County disaster declaration gets Small Business Administration OK | Politics


Tony Julian watches flooding from the Kickapoo Creek begin to recede in Downs on Saturday. McLean County Board Chairman John McIntyre has issued a local disaster declaration because of the storms.

BLOOMINGTON — The United States Small Business Administration has issued a disaster declaration for McLean County in response to historic flooding and widespread damage caused by severe storms in June.

The declaration was issued after U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, and Darin LaHood, R-Peoria, co-led a congressional delegation letter to the SBA administrator last week seeking support for the county.

“Severe storms have caused significant flooding throughout McLean County, resulting in major damage,” LaHood said Monday in a new release. “Assisting McLean County residents is critical, especially as the community has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic this past year.

“I was proud to lead my colleagues with Congressman Davis in this effort and I appreciate the SBA’s timely approval of this much needed assistance.”

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State Rep. Dan Brady, R-Bloomington, and McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage joined LaHood and Davis on Monday in announcing the SBA approving the declaration, which authorizes federal disaster loan assistance for property owners whose homes and businesses were damaged by flooding June 25-27.

“The recent flooding throughout McLean County has left many families and businesses needing assistance,” Davis said Monday in a statement. “I applaud the SBA on their quick turnaround of this request so our constituents can get access to the help they need. Sheriff Sandage and his team at the EMA did a great job conducting the work on the ground to make this happen.”

At least 25 homes and or businesses in a county must sustain major uninsured losses of 40% or more to meet the SBA’s disaster declaration threshold.

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The county did not qualify for a federal disaster declaration from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

Mclean County issued a local disaster declaration in June following the storms, which dumped up 10½ inches of rain in the area.

The declaration was intendent to assist in gathering damage assessments, and around 2,000 damage reports have been submitted to the Mclean County Emergency Management agency.

“McLean County was devastated by the recent flooding that affected so many local families and businesses,” Sandage said in a news release. “The SBA disaster declaration request will provide some necessary financial assistance to those who have suffered loss and the McLean County Sheriff’s Office along with the McLean County Emergency Management Agency fully supported the declaration request.”

Home owners and renters can apply for low-interest, long-term loans to help repair or replace property damaged during the flooding, including vehicles. Businesses of any size are eligible to apply for loans to repair or replace real estate, inventory, supplies, machinery and equipment damaged during the storm.

Only uninsured or uncompensated disaster losses are eligible to receive loan assistance, according to the McLean County Emergency Management Agency.

Loans are available for residents and business owners in McLean, Champaign, DeWitt, Ford, Livingston, Logan, Piatt, Tazewell and Woodford counties. 

Applications are available at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/ela/s/ and a fact sheet is available through the SBA website. Application assistance is available through the SBA by phone at 800-659-2955 or email, [email protected] 

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Contact Sierra Henry at 309-820-3234. Follow her on Twitter: @pg_sierrahenry.