Federal disaster relief centers open to help storm victims in Santa Cruz County

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A day after they met with President Joe Biden to show them firsthand the damage they suffered from a series of devastating storms, some Capitola business owners were busy Friday meeting with federal workers, holding the president to his word that they have the full backing of the federal government as they begin the process of rebuilding.One of them was Dominick King, whose beachside restaurant in Capitola was damaged by the storms.“It sounds like they’re going to try and make it as easy as possible for us the representatives in there are very helpful and really genuinely want us to get back on our feet, so it’s nice it’s hopeful,” said King, owner of My Thai Beach.The U.S. Small Business Administration opened an office Friday morning at Capitola city hall to help not only businesses impacted by the storms, but homeowners and renters as well. That federal agency will be providing low-cost loans to help victims rebuild and recover.“We’re obviously trying to settle things with our insurance right now not looking great not sure how much they’re going to cover once things settle, but it is nice to be able to have these other options we’re hoping to get more support,” King said.Santa Cruz county and FEMA are opening another disaster relief center Saturday at Ramsey park in Watsonville. Staff will be on hand to help victims cut through government red tape. The center is open daily from from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.“There’s people here that can help you kind of lay out what you’re going to need and how to get that stuff and kind of minimize any roadblocks that you hit along the way because it can be an arduous process,” said Jason Hoppin, spokesman for Santa Cruz County.Storm victims hoping a presidential promise will get them on the road to recovery.“Being able to have agencies out here helping us is going to keep the wheels moving, and that’s all you gotta do is like body in motion stays in motion so if we just keep things going that’s going to fuel everybody to keep getting work done and get to a better place,” said Margaux Keiser, mayor of Capitola.Santa Cruz County is also looking at opening another disaster center in north county to help storm victims there.In Monterey County, local, state and federal agencies will open a disaster relief center Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Building in Spreckels.

A day after they met with President Joe Biden to show them firsthand the damage they suffered from a series of devastating storms, some Capitola business owners were busy Friday meeting with federal workers, holding the president to his word that they have the full backing of the federal government as they begin the process of rebuilding.

One of them was Dominick King, whose beachside restaurant in Capitola was damaged by the storms.

“It sounds like they’re going to try and make it as easy as possible for us the representatives in there are very helpful and really genuinely want us to get back on our feet, so it’s nice it’s hopeful,” said King, owner of My Thai Beach.

The U.S. Small Business Administration opened an office Friday morning at Capitola city hall to help not only businesses impacted by the storms, but homeowners and renters as well. That federal agency will be providing low-cost loans to help victims rebuild and recover.

“We’re obviously trying to settle things with our insurance right now not looking great not sure how much they’re going to cover once things settle, but it is nice to be able to have these other options we’re hoping to get more support,” King said.

Santa Cruz county and FEMA are opening another disaster relief center Saturday at Ramsey park in Watsonville. Staff will be on hand to help victims cut through government red tape.

The center is open daily from from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“There’s people here that can help you kind of lay out what you’re going to need and how to get that stuff and kind of minimize any roadblocks that you hit along the way because it can be an arduous process,” said Jason Hoppin, spokesman for Santa Cruz County.

Storm victims hoping a presidential promise will get them on the road to recovery.

“Being able to have agencies out here helping us is going to keep the wheels moving, and that’s all you gotta do is like body in motion stays in motion so if we just keep things going that’s going to fuel everybody to keep getting work done and get to a better place,” said Margaux Keiser, mayor of Capitola.

Santa Cruz County is also looking at opening another disaster center in north county to help storm victims there.

In Monterey County, local, state and federal agencies will open a disaster relief center Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Building in Spreckels.

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