Areas of Leavenworth County received between 0.75 and 1.25 inches of rain Tuesday. But the county still has a long way to go before it will emerge from a drought, an emergency management official said.

Areas of Leavenworth County received between 0.75 and 1.25 inches of rain Tuesday. But the county still has a long way to go before it will emerge from a drought, an emergency management official said.

“We will take every bit (of rain) we can,” said Chuck Magaha, director of Leavenworth County Emergency Management.

A drought information statement issued last week by the National Weather Service indicated northeast Leavenworth County was under severe drought conditions and the rest of the county was in an extreme drought.

The drought assessment for the area may be updated today.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced that small non-farm businesses in Leavenworth County as well as seven other counties in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska can apply for low-interest federal disaster loans. These loans are intended to offset economic losses because of reduced revenue caused by drought.

Small non-farm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million, according to a news release from the SBA.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications by visiting www.disasterloan.sba.gov/ela

Applicants also may call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call 1-800-877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX, 76155.

The deadline to apply is April 8.

Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching are not eligible for SBA disaster assistance. Agricultural enterprises should contact the Farm Services Agency about U.S. Department of Agriculture assistance. However, nurseries are eligible for SBA disaster assistance in drought disasters, according to the release from SBA.