Reading Residents Talk Long-Term Recovery

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READING, Kan. (WIBW) -- People packed Reading's Methodist Church Tuesday night, to begin facing the future.


Some help offered to residents, low interest rate loans from the US Small Business Administration. The special loans were unlocked when Governor Sam Brownback issued a disaster declaration for Lyon County. They're offered under 2.7 percent for up to 30 years, up to $200 thousand for homeowners, up to $2 million for businesses.

A representative from USDA Rural Development was also on hand to help residents plan for the future. The federal agency provides assistance to purchase and repair homes, and improve and build community facilities.

The volunteer coordinator who helped Greensburg rebuild was also there to share words of hope and encouragement for the long road ahead.

Residents will have more time to ask questions at two more meetings this week. Wednesday's is at 6 p.m. at the Reading School. Thursday's is also at 6 p.m. back at the First United Methodist Church.

It could take up to three months to see if Reading qualifies for help from FEMA.