“While there is not sufficient damage statewide to qualify for federal disaster grants from FEMA, we are committed to doing what we can to help our citizens recover,” said Bryant. “The SBA disaster loans would provide much needed financial assistance to help people rebuild their homes and businesses at a lower interest rate than is widely available on the open market.”
The final tally is 81 homes or businesses damaged or destroyed by the twister, which was rated an EF3 by National Weather Service survey teams. They said winds peaked at 140 mph. There were at least five tornadoes on Christmas Day in the state.
More from MEMA and Gov. Bryant's office:
If SBA assistance is approved, loans to businesses of all sizes and non-profit organizations will also be available to repair damage to real estate, machinery, equipment and inventory.
SBA low interest are generally 4 percent or below for homeowners and renters, businesses and non-profit organizations.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Mississippi Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster will work with impacted residents in all the counties affected by the Christmas storms to identify unmet needs and work to get them the assistance they need. Anyone with damages from these storms should contact their local emergency management office or call Mississippi 2-1-1 for additional information.
For more information or questions contact MEMA External Affairs or visit www.msema.org. For details about SBA visit www.sba.gov/disaster.
Extra: Lawrence County Under Sheriff Willie Wallace on the storm that hit near Monticello Christmas Day