Chatham and surrounding counties have been designated as primary natural disaster areas by the U.S. Department of Agriculture due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain that began April 1, 2013.
Local counties include Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Libety and McIntosh. Those listed were disgnated natural diaster areas on Sept. 25, 2013, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency loans from the USDA's Farm Service Agency, pending eligibility requirements.
Farmers eligible for these loans have eight months from the date of declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses.
The U.S. Small Business Administration also said federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in Georgia.
The SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is also available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of the disaster.