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Brewer asks for federal aid in wake of flooding

Maricopa County flooding  in August. (Source: CBS 5 News) Maricopa County flooding in August. (Source: CBS 5 News)
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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is asking for federal help in assisting those whose homes and businesses were damaged in last month's flooding in Maricopa County.   

The governor sent a disaster declaration request Wednesday to the Small Business Administration.

[Click here to read her letter (PDF)]

Maricopa County received rainfall on seven of eight consecutive days between Aug. 12 and 19. The storms produced flash flooding that impacted more than 350 homes.

Laveen received 3.97 inches of rain, while New River received 6.85 inches.

The magnitude of the damage was surveyed by the SBA, as well as the Arizona Division of Emergency Management, Maricopa County Emergency Management, City of Phoenix Emergency Management and the American Red Cross on field Preliminary Damage Assessments. 

Officials found there was major damage to at least 41 homes and businesses and minor damage to an additional 61 homes and businesses.

For qualifying residents in Maricopa County, a Physical Disaster Declaration makes property damage loans of up to $200,000 available to homeowners and renters to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate.

Loans of up to $40,000 are given to eligible households to restore or replace property.

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