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Gov. Scott puts aside $10 million for loans to business affected by flooding

Gov. Rick Scott has agreed to make up to $10 million in state money available for loans to help small-business owners in the Tampa Bay area bounce back from recent severe flooding.

"I saw firsthand the devastating flood damage in the Tampa Bay area communities earlier this month, and we will continue to take every possible measure to ensure that small businesses and families can quickly recover," Scott said Monday in a news release.

Florida's Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, offers short-term, interest-free loans from $1,000 to $25,000 to business owners with two to 100 employees, according to the news release. Affected counties include Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Dixie and Taylor.

Owners must have been affected by the flooding between July 25 and August 3, according to the news release. To apply, visit