Carroll qualifies for SBA loans because of Taney tornado

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

BERRYVILLE -- There was an extra day in February this year, but many in the Ozarks would have been happy if it had been skipped. A tornado that touched down in Kimberling City, travelled 22 miles through Branson and other communities before climbing back into the clouds.

In the wake of the destruction from that system of storms, Missouri governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency for several counties, and asked for a federal declaration from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Although that request was denied, Governor Nixon was granted federal help for residents of the affected counties and their neighbors.

The United States Small Business Administration is offering disaster loans for people who suffered damage from the storm systems between February 28 and March 1 of this year.

According to Garth MacDonald, Public Information Officer with the Agency, residents of Carroll County qualify for these federal loans since the county borders Stone County which was directly affected.

There are loans for physical damage which must be applied for by May 14, and economic injury loans with a December 17 application deadline. To get more information or application forms, call the agency's customer service center at (800)659-2955, or visit them on the web at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance. Agency representatives are available until further notice at the Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Branson City Hall, 110 Maddox Street, Suite 315, Branson, MO 65616.

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