President Donald Trump has approved a major disaster declaration for mid-Michigan counties affected by the flood of May 19.
At that time, Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency for the counties affected by the failures of the Edenville and Sanford dams following two days of heavy rains, which created a 500 year flood event and led to the evacuation of 11,000 people and hundreds of millions of dollars in damages to the area. The president’s approval of the declaration opens up federal funding for affected individuals in Arenac, Gladwin, Iosco, Midland and Saginaw counties. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
Federal funding also is available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms and flooding in those counties. Funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
FEDERAL AID PROGRAMS FOR THE STATE OF MICHIGAN
Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Donald J. Trump’s disaster declaration issued for the state of Michigan.
Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:
How to Apply for Assistance:
Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621- FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 TTY. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily until further notice.
Assistance for the State, Tribal, and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:
Application procedures for state, tribal, and local governments will be explained at a series of applicant briefings with locations to be announced in the affected area by recovery officials. Approved public repair projects are paid through the state from funding provided by FEMA and other participating federal agencies.