LONGVIEW - The city of Longview moved forward after an EF-1 tornado touched down in May. It's been more than a month and some of the evidence of a storm is around. However, there is more help available for East Texas businesses and homeowners who were affected by the storm.
The damages led the Small Business Administration to issue a disaster declaration. The SBA would be able to provide low interest federal loans for people who need help rebuilding. CBS 19 reached out to Chase Hemingway, a father of three who's family was forced to move out after a tree landed on their home.
"I was dumbfounded, I've never been in a situation quite like this before," Hemingway said.
Since the storm, he's moved his family to Salt Lake City, Utah. He expressed how access to a disaster loan would have arrived soon after the destruction of his home. Hemingway said the Longview community helped keep him afloat. He said the amount of money he and his wife had to pay "started to take its toll on the family." However, he proceeded to sign up for a loan anyway.
"The five of us sticked together, that's good," Hemingway said. "We sticked together and got through everything we can."
The SBM will provide their services at the Maude Cobb convention center until July 18. Appointments would not be necessary.