Rochester Area Rep. Joe Morrell on Tuesday introduced new legislation in response to recent flash floods in New York state.
The Emergency Preparedness and Provide Resources for Resilient Businesses (PREPARE) Act will create a mitigation financing program to help small businesses prepare for future floods.
Morrell said loans from the Small Business Administration could reach $500,000 for eligible businesses.
“Our community knows how devastating flooding can be to local businesses. We’ve all seen our favorite restaurants and shops closed due to flood damage.” Morrell said in a statement. “It is important to prepare for future floods and take precautionary measures to protect small businesses from further economic hardship. Strong mitigation efforts are key to our resilience, which is why I am committed to strengthening coastal communities. We are very proud to introduce this much-needed law to help.”
Morrell said the frequency of natural disasters is increasing, with numerous flash floods occurring in Rochester and the surrounding area. Earlier this month, Canandaigua County, Ontario was hit by torrential rains and flooding, with the National Weather Service reporting over five inches of rain at Canandaigua Airport.