The damage to St. Martin meets the damage threshold for SBA disaster loans

The damage caused by recent storms in St. Martin Parish has reached the threshold for eligibility for SBA disaster loans.

On Thursday, state officials sent a request to the SBA’s Office of Disaster Recovery and Resilience, asking them to provide assistance to businesses and parish residents affected by the storm and tornado that struck the parish on May 13.

State officials say they hope to hear the SBA’s decision on the request soon.

SBA disaster loans aren’t just for small businesses; Businesses of all sizes, homeowners, renters, and nonprofits can all apply for assistance through these loans. To qualify, you must be in a declared disaster area and meet other criteria. For more information about these loans, click here.

The letter states that the National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF-2 tornado struck the Henderson area, touching down west of Bayou Teche and passing over Cecilia, the Interstate and Henderson.

The letter details damage to homes, buildings, businesses, Pat’s Fisherman’s Wharf, trees and power lines, as well as multiple weather-related injuries and one fatality. It outlines school and road closures, and power outages that affected residents.

At least 36 homes and two businesses in St. Martin Parish sustained extensive damage and suffered uninsured losses of more than 40 percent, the letter said.

“Based on this investigation, I declare that small businesses in the disaster area have suffered significant physical harm as a result of this event and require financial assistance that would otherwise not have been available on reasonable terms,” Governor Jeff Landry wrote.

We will update this story as soon as we hear about the SBA’s decision on the request.

Here is the letter from the governor: