Letter to Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the Small Business Administration - Physical Disaster Declaration for Maricopa County


The Honorable Maria Contreras-Sweet
U.S. Small Business Administration
409 3rd St, SW
Washington DC 20416

Dear Administrator Contreras-Sweet,

As you know, the Governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, has made a formal request under provisions 13 C.F.R. §123.3 (a)(3) and (5) that you declare a Physical Disaster Declaration for Maricopa County and the contiguous counties impacted by the significant flooding on September 8, 2014. We are writing to ask that you expeditiously consider this request.

As Governor Brewer's disaster request letter outlines, Phoenix and the surrounding counties set a new record for daily rainfall on September 8. Unfortunately, this monumental rain caused significant flooding across the region, damaging homes, schools, and businesses. It is our understanding that a preliminary damage assessment was performed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the results of this assessment confirm that Maricopa County exceeds the minimum threshold for assistance under the SBA Physical Disaster Loan program.

We thank you for your attention to this matter, and your swift consideration of Governor Brewer's Physical Disaster Declaration request.