Two weeks after the devastating floods, many of the victims are still working to pick up the pieces and now they are looking for the finances to help them do so.
The Small Business Administration has set up inside of the historic courthouse in Jonesborough, where disaster victims can come in with hopes of getting help.
"They are giving out low-interest loans to people who qualify," said Director of Washington County, Tenn. and Johnson City Emergency Management Agency, Nes Levotch.
William Chapman tells us that he does not have much hope for his farm. "They will not help as far as any farm or animals or things like that," he said.
They will, however, help with his home remodeling business as well as the rebuilding of their home. Nevertheless, Chapman says it will still be tough. "It's going to cost us a bunch to rebuild and we'll never have the farm back to the way that it was," said Chapman.
We learned from the SBA that there are several types of disaster loans: home, business, and economic. With these loans also comes payments and flood victim Vivienne Frye is not happy about it. "I really hate to take on another payment, even though it's going to be low-interest," she said.
The interest rate currently sits just under two percent. But even with such a low interest rate, they still are not seeing huge numbers of people coming in. Levotch says that this is the first step to getting help and that people just need to come out and apply. "They get with the SBA, they fill out all of their paperwork and that way we'll get them on the road to recovery," he said.
We learned that Mayor Dan Eldridge will be making an announcement tomorrow about more relief that will be available for all flood victims. We will bring you updates on that as we get the information.