San Luis Obispo County officials want businesses that suffered economic losses because of the closure of Highway 1 north of Cambria from April 14 to June 9 to report their losses.
If sufficient losses due to decreased traffic because of a landslide at Alder Creek are reported, a request may be filed for federal assistance in the form of low-interest loans.
The first step toward qualifying for U.S. Small Business Administration assistance, according to county officials, is for affected businesses — most of which are dependent on coastal tourism in the immediate area — to fill out an “economic injury form.”
Those forms are available at www.slocountyoes.com, which also has information on faxing or emailing the information to the California Emergency Management Agency. The agency needs the forms by June 30.
There have to be sufficient losses in a given area for the county to qualify for recovery assistance, an action that must precede any actual business loss claims.