The Experimental Aircraft Association reported today on the mounting damage totals at Corona Airport.
Tenants and businesses at the Corona (California) Municipal Airport are now four weeks post-flood and while the floodwaters have receded, the west end of the field is still without electrical power, reports EAA member Patrick Brunner.
â€œMany of the businesses are still not operational, having lost all tools and equipment to the waters and mud left behind,â€ he said. Total damages to businesses are in excess of $10 million, and there are no SBA loans or federal funding available.
To be honest, I’m surprised the total isn’t higher. Ten million bucks is a pretty small number when you consider what lives at that airport: 414 airplanes, 150 hangars, two dozen businesses, and who knows how many tools, toolboxes, spare parts, and personal belongings.
I love how EAA notes the SBA and federal funds not being available. Does anyone really think there will be any charity from a government entity for those whose livlihoods have been washed away?
The Corona Pilots’ Association is assisting with the recovery effort by providing a disaster relief fund for the businesses. Those wishing to make a tax-deductible donation can do so c/o Corona Pilots’ Association, PO Box 1212, Corona, CA 92878-1212.
As one might expect, hangars have been vacated by some tenants on the west end of the field, including at least one maintenance shop. There are probably others, but I haven’t been spending enough time out at AJO lately to really know.
Despite all the mess, the master leaseholder for my hangar has offered a free month’s rent to everyone on that end of the field. Pretty generous considering what it’s going to cost him to clean the place up. I think he’s trying to hold on to the tenants that are still there, so the credit is a smart PR move even if it temporarily hurts his bottom line.