Burlington County businesses, homeowners impacted by flash flooding can now apply for loans

Burlington County is looking to help business owners and residents affected by flash flooding on July 12 that left many buildings damaged – including a local food pantry.
“The aftereffect of it all is where we see the need for our homeowners and our business owners,” says Burlington County Commissioner Director Felicia Hopson.
The fast-moving storms dumped several inches of rain on the county in just hours, causing flash flooding in Burlington City, Burlington Township and Florence Township. The inside of the Burlington Township Food Pantry was destroyed.
"The floors were all wet…the water that was in here that was absorbed by carpeting or some of the flooring started to go up the drywall and it was just a shock,” says food bank president Dan Farnan.
The rooms storing the food were spared. The pantry is now looking into disaster loans. Hopson and state Sen. Troy Singleton are making sure that the country was included in a program through the federal Small Business Administration.
"Some homeowners don't have flood insurance. Flood insurance, we know, is very expensive, so a lot of people who may not be in a flood zone, they've had property damage from the flood,” says Hopson.
There are three types of loans – two for business owners to help repair or replace property or help them bridge the game financially with money they may have missed out on due to the storm. The third type of loan is for homeowners to help repair or replace property like a home or vehicle.
Farnan says that he hopes the food pantry qualifies for the loans to help cover the costs not included by insurance.
"We have a deductible but our insurance has covered a good part of the beginning of the repairs. And we kind of were saying now we have some fundraising coming up,” he says.
More information about how to apply for the loans can be found on the county’s website.