WESTPORT — Tropical storms. 

It’s been quite a summer for tropical storms buffeting Westport and the rest of southwestern Connecticut.

Before Henri in August and Ida heralding the start of September, there was Elsa back in July.

And even though damage in Westport from the storm’s heavy rain and winds reportedly was not serious, the federal Small Business Administration announced Tuesday that local businesses that “suffered financial losses directly from Tropical Storm Elsa” are eligible to apply for economic injury disaster loans.

“Small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private non-profit organizations in all eight counties of Connecticut” are eligible to apply under a disaster declaration that applies to the entire state, according to a release from Westport Deputy Fire Chief Michael Kronick.

“These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred,” the statement added.

Completed loan applications must be filed no later than May 2, 2022, with the SBA.

  • To file an application online, visit the SBA website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov and apply under SBA declaration #17142. 
  • Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955, (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or emailing DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov