SBA Disaster Assistance Approved for DeKalb, Etowah and Surrounding Counties

      Governor Robert Bentley onThursday announced that DeKalb, Etowah and surrounding counties have beenapproved for disaster assistance in the form of low-interest rate loans fromthe U.S. Small Business Administration.{} The approval is based on damageassessments from the March 18th storms.

      "Cleanup continues in severalcommunities, and this assistance from the SBA will go a long way in helping ourcommunities recover," Governor Bentley said.{} "There is helpavailable for homeowners, businesses and nonprofit organizations that suffereddamage from the storms.{} From the time the storms rolled through, toseeking today's disaster declaration from the SBA, we have been workingwith affected communities and connecting them with any resource we can."

      DeKalb and Etowah counties are the twoprimary counties listed in the SBA disaster declaration that was approvedThursday afternoon.{} The declaration alsocovers counties that are contiguous to DeKalb and Etowah Counties.{} In Alabama, those countiesare Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Jackson, Marshalland St. Clair.{} In Georgia,the contiguous counties are Chattooga, Dade and Walker.