The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved a disaster declaration for McLean County following severe storms and flash floods in June.

The SBA declaration allows eligible residents and businesses in the county and contiguous counties to apply for low-interest, long-term loans.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker, along with all of Illinois’ congressional delegation, sent letters to the administration requesting assistance.

The National Weather Service determined a slow-moving system and a series of weather disturbances caused two periods of heavy rain in McLean County between June 25 and June 27. Total rainfall for the 24-hour period ranged from 6 to 10 inches.

During the week of July 20, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and local jurisdictions worked on a joint damage assessment of the impacted area, including the towns of Downs, Bloomington, Heyworth and Normal. The damage did not meet the threshold for a federal disaster declaration from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but state officials believed the SBA threshold was met. An area is eligible for an SBA declaration when at least 25 homes and/or businesses in a county sustain major, uninsured losses of 40% or more.