BRADFORD COUNTY, Pa. (WENY) – Bradford County officials say they have been notified the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's request for federal funds for the August floods have been denied.

In a press release, officials said Pennsylvania had requested Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individual Assistance funds to target the “offsetting damage expenses sustained by residents” in the flooding.

This means that private property damaged by the floods will not be eligible to get repair or replacement money from FEMA.

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) has announced their intention to initiate requests to the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) to make low interest federal loans available for businesses and homeowners who suffered qualifying damage.

SBA loans are reportedly made available in situations were other funding streams are not available or have not been approved.
Bradford County Emergency Management staff will provide information to affected residents regarding SBA funds as soon as they receive it.

In a statement, the Bradford County Commissioners say they are “committed to investigating additional sources of assistance and advocating at the State and Federal levels on behalf of the residents of our county”.