Gov. Bev Perdue has announced that financial assistance is available for survivors of the flash flooding that struck portions of Halifax and Northampton counties August 25. The aid is a result of the governor’s request for a disaster declaration by the U.S. Small Business Administration. A U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Outreach Center will open Friday in Roanoke Rapids to help individuals complete their applications, answer questions about the disaster loan program and explain the application process. Severe storms rolled through the area Aug. 25 flooding dozens of roads and more than 75 homes and businesses in Roanoke Rapids, Gaston, Weldon and other areas in the two counties. Now, loans up to $200,000 are available through the SBA to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters also are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property. Individuals and businesses unable to visit the center can apply via the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or apply online https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.