The Saginaw County Long-Term Disaster Recovery Group is asking friends and neighbors throughout the county to spread some cheer to victims of May’s historic flooding.
Initial estimates predicted as many as 600 households were impacted by the disaster. The scope was far larger, as evidenced by the 1,740 Saginaw County households that registered valid claims with FEMA by September 30. The average individual household claim paid out $5,582. Those seeking rent relief received an average of $1,600.
“While FEMA money is extremely helpful it generally does not cover the complete cost of structural repair nor any contents”, explains Mark Przybylski, Saginaw County Emergency Manager. “We have many families who lost their holiday decorations in the flood. Some are still appealing to FEMA for help with furnace and water heater repair. All are dealing with lasting loss made worse by a pandemic that complicates the recovery process.”
To make flood survivors’ holidays brighter, the Saginaw County Long-Term Disaster Recovery Group says donors can help in one of two ways:
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“Saginaw County is a strong, resilient community with a history of helping neighbors in their time of need,” Przybylski says. “The Long Term Disaster Recovery group hopes Saginaw will continue to reach out to its neighbors in need and provide a little extra help during this Holiday Season.”