BROWNVILLE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It's been just over three months since a flash flood washed out most of the town of Brownville. Most of the businesses affected have already re-built, but three of those businesses found out last month that they won't have to bear the cost of damages on their own.
On September 17th the town voted unanimously to approve a Community Development Block Grant worth $34,500. That money will be divided up and distributed to Joe's Repair Shop and Simple Saks on Route 11, and Sebec Village Marine on Sebec Village Road. The three businesses qualified because they are microenterprises with less than five employees and owners that earn less than $30,000 annually.
Simple Saks will receive $3,500 worth of grant money, Sebec Village Marine will get $6,000 and Joe's Repair Shop, who experienced the worst damage from the flood, will receive $25,000. The three businesses are expected to receive that assistance by mid-November.
According to Brownville Town Manager, Matthew Pineo, the storm that dumped 6-8 inches of rain on the town in just four hours on June 23-24 caused more than $259,000 worth of damages.