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Farmer looking forward to SBA assistance to weather storm damage

Posted at 5:14 PM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-24 18:14:33-05

BRAZOS COUNTY — Many small business owners are looking forward to recovery following last week's storm.

One of those businesses is Texas US Farms. One of its greenhouses is leaning to the side, and the beams tore through the plastic covering.

"We're going to have to rebuild it, just for safety reasons," Leia Leveridge, owner of Texas US Farms shared with 25 News.

The family-owned farm lost pretty much all their outdoor crops due to the storm that left many Texan homes, and businesses, without power for days.

"One greenhouse for us is pretty much like one of our incomes. So we wouldn't be able to support our family very well with that," Leveridge added.

Which the owner estimates, will have a $3,000 price tag- not including labor, replacement seeds, or the setback from the crops they lost.

Leveridge hopes SBA assistance will help ease the burden.

"Without this next bunch, it would hurt us really bad," Leveridge shared.

The Brazos County emergency management coordinator encourages anyone who is filing for any type of assistance, to take pictures of the damages, just like Leveridge made sure to do.

"Document, document, document! If they're getting repairs made, keep all their receipts. They need to be able to provide FEMA with as much documentation as they can, as they go through the disaster recovery process," Michele Meade, emergency management coordinator, Brazos County shared.

Reminding people that it may be a long road ahead, but relief is available for those impacted by the recent winter storm.

"Disaster recovery is a long process. They have to be patient."Meade added.

The application filing deadline for SBA disaster loans is April 20 for physical damages and Nov 20 for economic injury.