Deadline for applying for tornado loans is almost up

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OCALA, Fla. (WCJB) – Destruction from the March 12 tornado is still visible in locations across North Central Florida, including the Paddock Park Animal Care cCenter.

Cheyenne Brown, a receptionist at the center, spoke about all the damage.

“I thought it was a little crazy, I’ve never seen a tornado myself and I’ve never seen any damage afterwards either. I guess seeing it run is intense, c is quite intense.

Since April 4, the US Small Business Administration has been helping people at the Marion County Public Library with disaster loans.

Eight counties, including Marion, Alachua, Levy and Putnam, are available to apply. For the animal care center, parts of their roof were blown off, but they were able to reopen eight days later.

“Everyone was really happy no one was hurt. A lot of our customers are friendly so they appreciate everything they’re happy everyone is fine and we’re back open for them,” said Brown.

People can get loans worth up to $200,000 for homeowners trying to repair or replace damaged or destroyed property, but Paddock Park, Brown, said their roof should be repaired soon.

“I’m not sure who took the offer, but I think it’s all being worked out.”

The last day the SBA will accept applications is Thursday at 3 p.m. due to lack of foot traffic, but applications can still be made online through May 27.

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