Financial help available for weather damage

CNJ staff

Individuals, communities and utilities may be able to receive financial help with repairing damages from the recent winter storms, according to a news release from U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

According to the release:

• Telecommunication and electric cooperatives have access to normal lines of credit through the USDA Rural Utilities Service for repairs. Cooperatives with outstanding debt to the service may request assistance to bring their system back on line as quickly as possible. Other eligible utilities may seek expedited funding requests from Rural Development.

• Water systems in communities of 10,000 or less can apply for USDA’s Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants if they have current environmental and engineering documents.

• Communities with populations less than 20,000 can apply for loans and grants for infrastructure repair through the USDA Rural Development Community Facilities program. This includes community buildings, medical facilities, emergency equipment and roads.

• Low-income homeowners in communities of 10,000 or less may apply for low-interest home repair loans and grants to fix their home, weatherize, purchase heating systems and repair utilities connections. The maximum allowed through the grant program is $7,500, and the maximum loan available is $20,000 at 1 percent interest.

Information: Roswell Rural Development sub-office: 575-622-8745