PEARL – Gov. Phil Bryant’s request for disaster assistance was approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration for Harrison and Walthall counties for flooding. Residents, businesses and non-profit organizations affected by torrential rains and flash flooding that occurred on April 28 through May 2, 2016 in Harrison County and torrential rains and flooding that occurred on March 9-14, 2016 in Walthall County are eligible to apply for low interest loans for recovery.

The declaration covers Harrison and Walthall counties as the primary and the adjacent counties of Hancock, Jackson, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marion, Pearl River, Pike, and Stone.

The SBA will open Disaster Loan Outreach Centers in both Harrison and Walthall counties next week, sites to be announced.

Applicants can apply at the Disaster Loan Outreach Center, online at, by calling 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf or hard-of-hearing) or by emailing Loan applications can also be downloaded from the SBA’s website at

Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property. Loans to businesses of all sizes and non-profit organizations will be available to repair damage to real estate, machinery, equipment and inventory.

MEMA will continue to work with Harrison and Walthall County officials to assist residents affected by the storms to identify unmet needs and work to get them the assistance they need. For more information or questions, contact MEMA External Affairs or visit For details about SBA visit