Gov. Larry Hogan asked the federal Small Business Administration Tuesday to declare a disaster in Howard County as a result of the flash flooding that struck Ellicott City July 30.
Such a declaration would clear the way for businesses, homeowners and renters damage to apply for low-interest loans to repair damages caused by the destructive flood, which killed two people.
The governor's request came after the Maryland Emergency Management Agency joined county and federal officials in assessing damage last week.
According to the governor's office, SBA disaster loans can be used to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery, equipment, inventory and business assets that were damaged or destroyed.
All 10 members of the state's congressional delegation signed a letter to the Small Business Administration on Tuesday supporting the declaration.
"This physical disaster determination is necessary to help ensure that small business owners can get the physical disaster loan assistance and economic injury disaster loan assistance they need," the lawmakers wrote.
Baltimore Sun reporter John Fritze contributed to this report.