News Release
Release No.STELPRD4016852
ContactAdam Czech(651) 602-7799
USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT HIGHLIGHTS PROGRAMS TO ASSIST LONG-TERM FLOOD RECOVERY IN DULUTH REGION
ST. PAUL, Minn., Jun 22, 2012 --

@@USDA Rural Development has several programs that can help with long-term recovery efforts in communities impacted by recent flooding in Duluth, Minn., and the surrounding region.

“Rural Development staff in flooded areas have already reached out to communities to offer assistance,” said Colleen Landkamer, USDA Rural Development State Director. “We want to make sure that everyone impacted by the flooding is aware of how our programs can help in the long-term recovery efforts.”

Programs include low-interest loan and grant financing to:

    • Make essential repairs and remove health and safety hazards in single-family homes

    • Repair or replace community water and wastewater treatment systems

    • Repair or replace essential community facilities such as hospitals, day cares, city buildings, emergency response vehicles and nonprofit headquarters

    • Repair or replace multi-family housing apartment buildings

    • Assist businesses with loan guarantees, revolving loans or grants to replace damage equipment or buildings, and provide working capital

More information on Rural Development programs in Minnesota can be found at www.rurdev.usda.gov/mn. You can also call a Rural Development office that serves the flooded region to work one-on-one with an area specialist. Offices include:

    • Virginia, Minn.: (218) 741-3929

    • Baxter, Minn.: (218) 829-5965

Information on Rural Development programs in Wisconsin can be found at www.rurdev.usda.gov/wi. You can also call Wisconsin offices that serve the region:

    • Spooner, Wis.: (715) 635-8228

    • Stevens Point, Wis.: (715) 345-7600

Based on population limits, the city of Duluth does not qualify for most Rural Development programs. Most rural communities surrounding Duluth do qualify, however. For more information on program eligibility, contact an area office or go here: http://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov/eligibility/welcomeAction.do