PINE GROVE, PA- U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today toured flood damage in Pine Grove, meeting with residents whose homes have been damaged and the owner of Pine Grove Homes, a mobile home manufacturer damaged by the recent flooding. Senator Casey is pushing the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to lower interest rates on disaster relief loans to make it easier for businesses like Pine Grove Homes to reopen, rehire and recover lost revenue.
“While the damage to Pine Grove is significant, I am committed to helping residents and businesses recover as quickly as possible,” said Senator Casey. “I called SBA Administrator Karen Mills today to relay the concern of business owners that interest rates on disaster relief loans are too high and to reiterate my call for the agency to reduce the rates immediately.”
Senator Casey was joined by Congressman Tim Holden (D-PA) and Pine Grove Mayor Kim Brown-Zerbe.
Senator Casey is also urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to commit to honoring requests for assistance made by Pennsylvanians in the Eastern part of the state who have continued to be impacted by flash flooding. Ground saturation and persistently high river water levels from the recent tropical systems have created a condition in which normal storms can cause flash flooding.