Outreach centers open in McAllen, Palmview for disaster aid

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Refueling stations and the canopy at an Exxon Stripes convenience store at North 23rd Street and Lark Avenue lie in ruins after an overnight storm on Saturday, April 29, 2023. (Dina Arévalo | [email protected])

Two outreach centers have opened in the McAllen and Palmview areas to assist small businesses and residents in Hidalgo County that sustained damages due to a disaster.

Although Hidalgo County did not explain in its news release announcing the opening of these centers whether this was due to recent thunderstorms that have walloped the Rio Grande Valley, the assistance does come after the April 28 and 29 storms that drenched the region and brought winds exceeding 70 miles per hour.

Those winds were to blame for plenty of structural damage in the McAllen area and Western Hidalgo County, including roofs and awnings being ripped off and other property damage throughout the area.

Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, the centers are located at the Old Church Winery on 700 N. Main St. in McAllen, and at Hidalgo County Precinct 3, The Mansion on 2401 N. Moorefield Road in Palmview. Residents can apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the Small Business Administration at these centers.

The centers will be open the next two weeks, and will be closed Sunday and Memorial Day.

Businesses can borrow as much as $2 million for repairs while disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners, also for repairs.

“Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property, including personal vehicles,” a county news release read.

Apply at these centers or at disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/. Call the SBA at (800) 659-2955 or email [email protected] for more information.

Residents have until July 21 to apply for property damage assistance and until Feb. 22, 2024 for economic injury.