December 17, 2014

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Federal loan assistance available for May flooding victims

Anna Merriman and Loren Genson | The Gazette

Residents whose homes were flooded and belongings destroyed in the May 12-13 storm that hit Northeast Ohio may find relief in loan assistance from the federal government.

Gov. John Kasich has requested loan assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration to help residents affected by flooding.

The SBA has declared the storm and flooding a disaster in Medina, Lorain, Ashland, Cuyahoga, Erie and Huron counties, making affected homeowners, renters, businesses and nonprofit organizations eligible for a disaster loan.

People may replace their real estate with a loan of up to $200,000 and personal property with a loan up to $40,000.

Some Medina County residents had hoped to qualify for federal grants through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. But the storm didn’t cause enough damage to meet FEMA criteria for grant assistance that would have covered the uninsured.

On Friday, the SBA released information on how to apply for loans and what requirements the SBA has before providing aid.

Residents in the northeastern corner of Medina County were hit hard by the storm that washed out roads, bridges and overpasses. Homes along Granger Road saw flooding throughout their first floor. In Brunswick, many basements flooded as storm sewers became overwhelmed by more than 4 inches of rain that fell within one hour.

In Lorain County, Lorain and North Ridgeville were among the hardest-hit areas. In Lorain, entire streets including Tower Boulevard were washed out in the storm, while North Ridgeville saw some of its residents rescued from flooded homes in boats.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com. Contact reporter Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com.