Disaster loans sought after heavy rains in St. Joseph, neighboring counties

South Bend Police block off the intersection of Michigan and Ewing Streets after the record rainfall and flood on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The state is seeking low-interest disaster loans to help people, businesses and certain nonprofit organizations who sustained damage when a record rainfall hit the South Bend area nearly two weeks ago.

Gov. Mike Pence announced he has requested the U.S. Small Business Administration’s disaster loan program for St. Joseph County and six adjacent counties, including two in Michigan. The National Weather Service said a record 8.49 inches of rain fell on South Bend in a 24-hour period on Aug. 15-16. Officials estimate that more than 950 homes were damaged in St. Joseph County with 100 sustaining major damage.

Pence says the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is coordinating with local responders and leaders to assist those affected.

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