The Town of Truckee, in cooperation with Nevada County is applying for disaster relief funding to help businesses and homeowners impacted by the recent waves of storms that brought epic snowfall to the region. The state of emergency declaration in early January came amid a storm that knocked down power lines, leaving much of Truckee & West Shore without power for as long as several days. (Downed trees, like the one Liberty Utilities photographed across Highway 89, were the culprit behind much of the power outage.) With the Truckee River cresting, the town provided sandbags to residents impacted by the double whammy of rain and melting snow. Motorists were stranded, and some second homeowners were unable to access their residences due to the sheer volume of snow and regional road closures. Liberty Utility Photo of downed treeLocals took it in stride, lighting candles, heating soup on the wood stove and waxing their skis.

But there is no denying the economic and personal toll it took on some. If you or your business has been impacted by the storm, you might be eligible for low-interest disaster loans to repair the damage. Here is the official word from the town:

The Town of Truckee and Nevada County Office of Emergency Services are reaching out to potentially-impacted residents and businesses to determine if the County has enough impacted parties for SBA eligibility.  Provided below is information on the criteria for an SBA emergency declaration:

Physical Disaster Declaration: At least 25 homes and/or businesses or other eligible institutions in a disaster area each sustain uninsured losses of at least 40 percent or more of the estimated fair replacement value or pre-disaster fair market value of the damaged property. 

Economic Injury Disaster Declaration: At least five small businesses in a disaster area have suffered substantial economic injury as a result of the disaster.

NOTE: Substantial economic injury means the business is unable to meet its obligations and to pay its ordinary and necessary operating expenses. EIDLs provide the necessary working capital to help small businesses survive until normal operations resume after a disaster. 

If your believe that your home or businesses may meet either the Physical Disaster Declaration or Economic Injury Disaster Declaration criteria, the Town of Truckee encourages you to contact the town by March 3, 2017 at  (530)-582-2914 or

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