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Relief loans available for flood victims

BURLINGTON, Wis. (CBS 58) – Home and business owners now have a place to seek relief after devastating floods in July.

Three disaster assistance centers opened on Tuesday, including the Racine County office on North Main Street in Burlington. Those struggling after July’s flood can come in and look into the next steps.

In Burlington, there is hope for some relief for those affected by July’s flooding. Some people were left looking for a new home. People who were hit hard by last month's flooding can talk with representatives from the Small Business Administration and may be eligible for federal low interest loans. 

“At first, people thought we were gonna get it from FEMA. Well, that didn’t happen” says Burlington Mayor Jeannie Hefty.

Governor Walker says he hopes the opportunity for some people to borrow money at a low interest rate can help them get back on their feet. In Burlington, the mayor says she expects it to take about two years for the town to fully recover.

“We are trying to create normalcy for the city by keeping busy, getting the parks back as best we can,” says Mayor Hefty.

City officials are also debating the possibility of moving the City of Burlington’s 911 dispatch to Racine County after it was damaged in the floods. The mayor says a decision on that won’t come anytime soon.

There are two other outreach centers, one in Kenosha County and another in Walworth County. The Small Business Association will be in Racine until the end of the month.

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