SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The heavy rain in December in San Diego County caused an estimated $40 million damage, a county Office of Emergency Services official said Friday.
The estimate is far above the threshold required by the federal government to be eligible for disaster assistance, said Leslie Luke, a program manager with the OES. The total includes all of the cities in the region and the unincorporated area.
The federal Small Business Administration announced this week that it plans to make low-interest loans available for individuals and businesses that sustained damage between Dec. 18 and Jan. 4. The damage would have to be verified by state and federal emergency officials.
"More than 200 San Diego homeowners and businesses have contacted the county regarding storm-related damage and economic losses," said Bill Horn, the chairman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.
Homeowners would be eligible for loans of up to $200,000 to repair or replace damaged real estate, and up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged personal items. The interest rate, depending on a recipient's financial condition, could be as low as 2.25 percent.
Businesses, including non-profit organizations, could receive up to $2 million to recover assets. Nonprofit loan rates are as low as 3.5 percent, and private companies are 4 percent.
Lending is also available for projects that will safeguard against future damage.
The SBA can be contacted at (800) 659-2955 or online at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.
Claims of property damage need to be filed by April 4, and for economic damage the deadline is Nov. 2.
A search is underway for two men wanted in connection with an armed robbery at an East Lake home in the 1600 block of Claret Cup Drive late Saturday night.
Rady's Children's Hospital welcomed hundreds of former NICU patients and their families Sunday for a very special annual reunion. The group had the chance to say thank you and catch up with the doctors and nurses who helped care for the newborns.
San Diegans now have to dial 10 digits for all calls - even local calls. As of Saturday, May 19, callers with area codes 619 and 858 have to enter the area code for all calls. Landline callers will have to dial one first, then the area code and phone number.
Several fires that ignited across San Diego County last week are under investigation. One cause being considered is the possibility that the fires were started by homeless people.
Dozens demonstrated on the Del Mar corner of Jimmy Durante Blvd. and Via de la Valle saying gun shows should not be held at the the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
A fire at an apartment in downtown Chula Vista sent two children to a hospital early Saturday morning.
Mesa College will award the first bachelor's degrees in its history during a commencement ceremony today, the college announced.
Sharp Hospital on Friday recognized those who have overcome major medical setbacks to become leaders in the community during the 28th Annual Victories of Spirit celebration.