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U.S. disaster aid available for those hit by storm on Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

President Joe Biden has formally declared a destructive monsoon storm from July a major disaster for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

The U.S. Small Business Administration says time is running out for those affected to seek a federal disaster loan to rebuild.

Federal disaster loans for businesses and private nonprofits are worth up to $2 million. Homeowners can receive as much as $200,000 to repair damage caused by a late-July monsoon storm in the East Valley.

O’odham Action News reported that roughly 200 homes spanning about 4 square miles were damaged or destroyed by severe wind gusts.

The Small Business Administration recently closed a field center located on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

But there are still weeks left until the Nov. 1 deadline to apply for a federal disaster loan at  disasterassistance.gov

Matthew Casey has won Edward R. Murrow awards for hard news and sports reporting since he joined KJZZ as a senior field correspondent in 2015.