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President Biden approves disaster declaration for June flooding in metro Detroit

Posted at 12:27 PM, Jul 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-15 23:42:22-04

(WXYZ) — President Joe Biden approved a disaster declaration in Michigan due to the flooding and severe storms that hit the area last month on June 25-26.

It comes just two days after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer requested the federal disaster declaration from the White House.

With the declaration, federal funding will now be available to people in Washtenaw and Wayne counties. That includes grants for temporary homes and home repairs, low-cost loans and other programs for business owners.

“President Biden’s declaration opens up critical resources to help Michigan residents recover from this disaster,” Whitmer said in a press release. “The flooding on June 25-26 had devastating impacts on Wayne and Washtenaw County residents who suffered damage to their homes, loss of personal property, and faced unimaginable stress. With the resources we will receive thanks to President Biden’s leadership, we will put Michiganders first and help our communities recover and rebuild.”

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan released a statement in response:

"President Joe Biden delivered great news to the people of Detroit and southeast Michigan. We are really pleased the presidential disaster declaration for the June 25-26 flooding was issued in half the time of the August 2014 declaration, allowing Detroiters to get help much more quickly.

I want to thank Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan State Police Emergency Management & Homeland Security for responding quickly and working with the City of Detroit to prepare for the declaration. I also want to thank FEMA Region 5 Manager Kevin Sligh, Sr. who has been hands-on from the beginning."

In the meantime, anyone with flood damage should get debris out of their basement and to the curb for DPW bulk pick up. You should also have your basement cleaned and sanitized. Keep receipts, photos of damage and other supporting documents. FEMA provides reimbursement, not cleaning services, and therefore don’t wait any longer.

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance by registering online at https://www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.