Disaster Assistance Office Opens

A local office to help area tornado victims is now open. The U.S. Small Business Administration opened doors in Franklin County to provide financial aide to victims affected by the October 27 tornado.

Individuals should go to the emergency management office to apply for disaster loans. The loans are low-interest with a 30-year payback.

Sandra Faubert with U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance said, "There are no fees involved. Once the determination is made and they are given a loan package and the terms, they can ask for modification or they can refuse the loan."

Arnold Robert Tollive, a tornado victim, added, "My main interest right now is getting a roof over my house. My heat is going straight out through the roof. The loan, if it gets approved, I'm going to be grateful for it."

The disaster loan office will be open this Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

After this weekend it will be open Monday through Friday, only from 8:30 to 4:30 until further notice.