Update: State studying disaster declaration for Wilmington business looted and vandalized on Saturday

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Delaware is studying a disaster declaration in an effort to provide financial assistance to downtown Wilmington businesses that fell victim to vandalism and looting.

Delaware Emergency Management Director A.J. Schall cautioned that damage estimates are a little low by federal standards used in such declarations that usually come after natural disasters.

Schall said the businesses were badly affected by the damage, after being closed or under strict limits for an extended period.

Schall said Delaware cannot use coronavirus funds to aid businesses at this. Members of Congress have been calling for more flexibility in using those funds.

Some downtown businesses did suffer substantial losses from the looting, which took place throughout the country as peaceful protests turned violent.

Dover also saw one instance of vandalism and perhaps looting at a store in Dover Mall.

DEMA spokesman Jeff Sands said that contrary to an earlier story in Delaware Business Now, the agency had not decided whether to file for the declaration.

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