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SBA approves assistance for businesses affected in Jackson’s water crisis

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced that aid will be provided to the businesses affected by Jackson’s water crisis following the request Governor Tate Reeves submitted on Monday.

It’s been almost seven weeks since the boil water notice was first placed on Mississippi’s capital city, with additional strain being added on local businesses after water pressure dropped at the O.B. Curtis Water Plant. With little to no running water throughout the city, businesses could not serve, clean, cool, or sanitize, forcing them to either suffer losses or temporarily shut down.

Now, those affected economically by the fluctuating water conditions in the following contiguous counties will be eligible to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans:

  • Claiborne
  • Copiah
  • Hinds
  • Madison
  • Rankin
  • Simpson
  • Warren
  • Yazoo

The loans aim to help small businesses and most private, non-profit organizations meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the water crisis.

“These low interest loans will go a long way to support our Jackson businesses and help them make it through the ongoing water crisis,” said Reeves. “I’m committed to ensuring that we both restore clean water to the city and relieve the burdens of this crisis for Jacksonians.”

Reeves requests aid for businesses impacted by Jackson’s water crisis

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