WESTPORT - The federal government opened its first disaster-assistance center today, four months after a devastating tornado tore through southwestern Connecticut.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is now offering low-interest loans to businesses and homeowners who sustained damage during the June 24 storm.

The loans carry interest rates between 2.75 percent and 6 percent. Loan officers say they are a straightforward way to help people recover from a disaster.

The SBA office will be located at the Stratford Police Department on Longbrook Avenue through Saturday and it will then move to the Bridgeport library next week.

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