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Disaster aid center opens in Pasadena to help windstorm victims

December 20, 2011 |  9:20 am

Shell station damaged by wind in Pasadena
A federal center opened Monday in Pasadena to help San Gabriel Valley residents and others make repairs to homes and businesses damaged by the windstorm that recently blew through the region.

Local cities have declared more than $40 million worth of damage from falling trees and power lines.

U.S. Small Business Administration representatives will be available from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until Jan. 20 at 199 South Los Robles Ave., Suite 550, Pasadena, across the street from the Pasadena Hilton, the Pasadena Sun reported.

The agency will make low-interest disaster loans to affected residents, businesses and nonprofits from Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Kern and Ventura counties.

Real estate loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners; loans of up to $40,000 are available for land owners or renters who lost personal property. Businesses and nonprofits may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged real estate, equipment, inventory and other assets. Additional funds can be used to prevent or minimize property damage in future incidents. Interest rates range from 2% to 4%.

For more information, call (800) 659-2955, email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or visit www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.

The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is Feb. 17.

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Photo: Roger Farraj, co-owner of a Pasadena gas station, surveys the damage Dec. 1 after winds blew a tree onto one of the station's canopies. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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