SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Colorado Residents and Businesses Affected by the Manitou Springs Flash Flood

Press Release from the Small Business Adminstration:  August 30, 2013

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Colorado residents and business owners affected by Manitou Springs flash flood that occurred August 9, 2013, U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Karen G. Mills announced today. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. John W. Hickenlooper on August 29, 2013.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in El Paso County and the neighboring counties of Crowley, Douglas, Elbert, Fremont, Lincoln, Pueblo and Teller.

“The U. S. Small Business Administration is strongly committed to providing Colorado with the most effective and customer-focused response possible, and we will be there to provide access to federal disaster loans to help finance recovery for residents and businesses affected by the disaster,” said Mills. “Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

“Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, nonprofit organizations impacted by the flash flood,” said SBA’s Colorado District Director Greg Lopez. “Beginning Wednesday, September 4, 2013, SBA representatives will be on hand at the following Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application,” Lopez continued. The center will be open on the days and times indicated. No appointment is necessary.

El Paso County Disaster Loan Outreach Center

Manitou Springs City Hall
606 Manitou Avenue
Manitou Springs, CO 80829

Opens on : Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Mondays through Fridays
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closes: Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 5 p.m.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Businesses of any size and private, nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to homeowners and businesses to help with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Interest rates can be as low as 1.937 percent for homeowners and renters, 2.875 percent for private, nonprofit organizations and 4 percent for businesses, with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or e-mailing Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. For more information about SBA’s disaster assistance programs, visit

The deadline to apply for property damage is October 29, 2013. The deadline to return economic injury applications is May 30, 2014.