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SBA tours damaged homes in Palm Coast

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Updated: 12/19/2013 1:29 pm
PALM COAST, Fla. -- Nearly a week after a tornado hit Palm Coast, there are still bent garage doors and damaged roofs everywhere.

Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts signed a declaration of recovery which allows the Small Business Administration to help the community.

"We decided the next step of that recovery stage is to bring in outside resources," said Palm Coast Fire Chief Mike Beadle.

The Small Business Assistance program is made up of members who work for SBA. They are going from one property to another to see if homeowners qualify for aid.

But a threshold must be met.

Flagler emergency manger Kevin Guthrie says if the SBA finds 25 homes with 40 percent of their value needing to be replaced, each homeowner can qualify for up to $31,000 in loans.

"They are here to help see what we are eligible for," said Guthrie.

Local officials say with the damage they've seen, they are sure they'll meet the threshold.

Guthrie tells says homeowners have to be uninsured or under insured to be eligible for assistance.
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