SBA Administrator Visits Brooklyn Businesses Devastated By Ida’s Flood

A director of the Washington DC Small Business Administration and a representative from New York on Saturday visited some of the many businesses in Brooklyn that are still recovering from Ida.

The extreme weather from the storm hit New York City with record flooding that left many New Yorkers in waist-deep water and cost some businesses everything.

SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman stood alongside Representative Nydia Velázquez to meet with business owners and see firsthand the damage Ida left behind.

“We have seen that our infrastructure in New York is not equipped to withstand the kind of weather we saw during Ida,” Velázquez said.

Their first stop of the day was at Lucy’s Lounge, a Park Slope staple known for its signature cocktails. The company’s basement was flooded during Ida and cost her months of inventory.

It is in situations like these that the SBA has said it can offer relief through economic disaster loans.

“We fund local small business development centers and women’s business centers and veterans business centers,” said Casillas Guzman.

“Let’s get the work done from the people and provide the resources to equip every business,” Velázquez said.

A total of 350 nominations were submitted to Brooklyn just in response to Ida’s remains, but it’s only a small fraction of the thousands who are suffering.

“This is why it is so important that Congress gets down to business,” Velázquez said.

“Anyone can come in and get the direct help of an SBA advisor to go through the process,” said Casillas Guzman.

Casillas Guzman added that she hopes that economic aid will be given to all through these recovery efforts.


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