By Associated Press
Oklahoma City, OK – SBA approves declaration request
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved Gov. Brad Henry's request for an economic injury declaration for five southwest Oklahoma counties where businesses were affected by the January ice storm.
The declaration makes available low-interest disaster loans for business owners in Comanche, Greer, Jackson, Jefferson and Stephens counties. SBA assistance also is available for business owners in the contiguous counties of Beckham, Caddo, Carter, Cotton, Garvin, Grady, Harmon, Kiowa and Tillman, under the declaration.
Businesses have continued to struggle with the impacts of the Jan. 28 storm that left nearly 200,000 without power and treacherous travel conditions. The loans are available to assist business owners in meeting payroll and other financial obligations.
Henry says he'll continue seeking federal aid for storm victims.