Residents and businesses in West Rome off Shorter Avenue and the Summerville Park area are still cleaning up debris from Thursday’s storm.
Even though the damage is severe, it does not rise to the level needed to receive a presidential declaration of disaster, according to Floyd County EMA Director Scotty Hancock.
The EMA, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration are conducting a damage assessment today to see if the area is eligible for assistance from the SBA.
“If Rome and Floyd County meet the requirements of the U.S. Small Business Administration, uninsured businesses or under-insured businesses (to include homeowners and renters) will be eligible for a low interest loan through the Small Business Administration to rebuild,” Hancock said in a press release. “This is an unfortunate situation beyond our control. We are doing everything possible to make this a painless recovery for the storm survivors. For the sake of those impacted, I hope that Rome and Floyd County can qualify for the SBA loans and bring some welcome relief to those that are eligible.”
The American Red Cross will be in the parking lot of the IGA in West Rome at 610 Shorter Ave. today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents in need of assistance who cannot make it to IGA today have several other options.
They can contact the American Red Cross directly at 706-291-6648 or the Salvation Army at 706-291-6648.
If you have questions about making repairs related to storm damage, call the Rome-Floyd Building Inspection Office at 706-236-4481
Additional information can be obtained by calling the Floyd County EMA at 706-236-5002 or by visiting www.floydcountyga.org.
But the tornadoes were not the only bad weather that Rome and Floyd County has experienced.
According to the National Weather Service, 1.17 inches of rain fell between 7 p.m. Monday and 7 p.m. Tuesday.
No major problems were reported as a result of the rain.