Dubois County EMA Says County Not Eligible For Low-Interest Disaster Loans; However Eligibility May Be Reconsidered If Additional Damage Is Reported Soon

Officials with Dubois County Emergency Management Agency say the county is not eligible for low-interest disaster loans however eligibility could be reconsidered if more damage is reported soon.

Working in coordination with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security the EMA has not been able to identify enough damage to qualify for low-interest disaster loans following the flooding on and after April 26.

Dubois County Emergency Management Director Tammy Humbert says the county is just under the threshold of 25 qualifying properties with at least 40 percent uninsured damage to apply for low-interest disaster loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration.

She says the county had 180 properties with reported damage, but only 23 met the 40 percent uninsured damage threshold.

Now Humbert says if previously unreported properties are brought to the attention of the Dubois County Emergency Management Agency, and meet the criteria, the application status can be reconsidered.

To make a first report of flood-related property damage, contact the Dubois County Emergency Management Agency by phone at: 812-482-2202 or by email at: duboisema@psci.net.

Nearly any type of property that has not yet reported flood damage may be eligible for this type of assistance, as long as it is not a public asset, such as roads, bridges and government-owned buildings.

Properties that generally qualify include mobile homes, rental properties, businesses and private residences as long as they meet the 40 percent uninsured damage threshold.

Humbert says they are specifically looking for any new reports meeting the following criteria; 18” of water or more on the first floor of home 18” of water or more in a basement with essential living quarters such as a bedroom, kitchen or living room.

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