May 1, 2007 -- The Small Business Administration on Tuesday announced the opening of disaster-recovery centers and a business-assistance center in parts of the Northeast hit by severe flooding last month.

Small-business owners in Mamaroneck, N.Y. -- an area state officials called the epicenter of flooding during the April 14 storm -- can seek disaster-recovery assistance five days a week between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the SBA Business Assistance Center, 123 Mamaroneck Ave. Agency officials will be on hand to help them with federal disaster loan applications, among other services.

"We felt it was necessary to provide a center that is designated to serve business owners who may have more complex financial issues and losses," Frank Skaggs, an SBA director of field operations for the region, said in a statement.

The SBA also opened disaster-recover centers in nearby Eastchester and New Rochelle, in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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