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Bethel Flood Relief Information

December 2023 Disaster Relief Information

FEMA and SBA (Small Business Administration) have a temporary Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) to visit in Rumford:

At this center, staff can help businesses and individuals navigate what they may be eligible for in terms of assistance. Staff can help upload documents needed applications and answer questions in person.

Rumford Municipal Building

145 Congress St., Rumford, ME 04276

Open 7 days a week 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Persons with difficulty applying online may call FEMA at 800-621-3362


Business Relief Links

The Small Business Administration is offering two types of loans to help businesses and private non-profits recover from the December 2023 flood. Loans have very favorable terms. Those affected by the disaster are encouraged to submit their completed application even if they have not settled with their insurance company. If you don't know how much of your loss will be covered by insurance or other sources, SBA will consider making a loan for the total loss up to its loan limits, provided the borrower agrees to use insurance proceeds to reduce or repay their SBA loan.

  • Physical Disaster Loans to repair or replace disaster-damaged property, including real estate, inventory, supplies, and equipment.  Application deadline is April 1, 2024
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans for working capital to meet financial obligations that cannot be met as a result of the disaster. Application deadline is October 30, 2024

SBA Loan Fact Sheet

Apply at


Personal Relief Links

For people who suffered damage to their homes, property, or vehicles, grants may be available from FEMA, and/or loans may be available from the SBA. 

USDA Relief information: Single Family Housing Repair Loans & Grants in Maine | Rural Development ( 

FEMA Relief: 4754 |

FEMA Individuals & Households Program

FEMA Individual Assistance

State of Maine resources for those impacted during the December Flood: Maine Flood Resources and Assistance

Tax filing deadlines postponed until June 17, 2024

Following the disaster declaration issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), individuals and households that reside or have a business in Androscoggin, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo, and Washington counties, qualify for postponed tax-filing and tax-payment deadlines. For instance, certain deadlines falling on or after Dec. 17, 2023, and before June 17, 2024, are granted additional time to file. As a result, taxes normally due on April 15, 2024 will now be due on June 17, 2024. State of Maine tax deadlines have also been adjusted to match the IRS.

For more details, visit the IRS website.

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