For Immediate Release - August 04, 2014

GOVERNOR PATRICK REQUESTS SBA AID FOR REVERE TORNADO SURVIVORS

Assistance Sought for Those Most Impacted by July 28th Tornado

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Today, Governor Deval Patrick has sent a letter to the Small Business Administration (SBA) requesting financial assistance for those affected by a strong EF-2 rated tornado which touched down in the cities of Chelsea and Revere in Suffolk County Massachusetts on Monday July 28, 2014.  Thankfully there were no fatalities or serious injuries reported as a result of this tornado.  However, in its wake the tornado left overturned vehicles, downed trees and power lines and substantial residential and commercial building damage.  The majority of the tornado damage occurred in the City of Revere severely impacting residential and commercial structures in the area of the central business district.  More than thirteen (13) structures in this area were so severely impacted that they are currently uninhabitable and some may require demolition. 

“We continue to work together with our public, private and volunteer partners to help those whose lives have been impacted so dramatically by this event,” said Governor Patrick. “This additional assistance will go a long way to help the City of Revere and its residents rebuild their lives and their community.”

In coordination with the City of Revere, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has conducted a preliminary damage assessment and determined that the damage exceeds the Small Business Administration’s criteria for a disaster declaration; damage to a minimum of 25 homes and businesses resulting in uninsured losses of 40 percent or more of the estimated fair market value of the damaged property.

Based on this assessment, Governor Patrick has requested that the Small Business Administration issue a declaration of physical disaster for Suffolk County so that low interest loans may be made available to the affected individuals, families and businesses as they work to recover from this event. 

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