After Blizzard, Federal Disaster Loans Offered in 7 NJ Counties

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -
Crews drive utility repair trucks on flooded streets early Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Sea Isle City, N.J. Utility companies in New Jersey are reporting that roughly 20,500 customers are without electricity one day after a powerful winter storm packing high wind and snow battered the state. Atlantic City Electric says about 17,000 customers are without power. The outages stretch from Barnegat Beach south to Cape May. Jersey Central Power & Light says roughly 3,300 customers were without power, with outages concentrated along the coast from Long Branch to near Barnegat Beach. Officials say all service should be restored by late Sunday night. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Crews drive utility repair trucks on flooded streets, Jan. 24, in Sea Isle City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Some residents and businesses in seven New Jersey counties affected by last month’s blizzard might be eligible for low-interest federal loans to help with recovery efforts.

Eligible homeowners and renters can borrow up to $200,000 for repairs or replacements from the U.S. Small Business Association. Businesses can borrow up to $2 million for physical damages and economic injuries.

Applications for physical property damage must be sent by April 22. Economic injury applications are due by Nov. 22.

Feet of snow fell across Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Ocean counties on Jan. 22, causing severe flooding in some counties.

Gov. Chris Christie had called for federal disaster aid earlier this month, saying the state and counties couldn’t adequately respond to the storm.