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Flood Assistance for Michigan Families – August 7, 2017

Marquette, MIAugust 7, 2017 – Stabenow, Peters Commend Federal Action on Flood Assistance for Michigan Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today commended the approval of a major disaster declaration for the State of Michigan providing assistance to families following severe flooding that affected Bay, Gladwin, Isabella, and Midland Counties. The four counties have declared states of emergency, and the damage from the flooding is estimated to be over $100 million.

“Michigan families are resilient,” said Senator Stabenow. “Today’s declaration will provide critical federal support to help families whose homes were damaged get back on their feet.”

“This is an important step to set the affected counties on a path to recovery,” said Senator Peters. “This much-needed assistance will help ensure that mid-Michigan families who have been hurt by the recent flooding will be able to able to rebuild.”

Earlier this month, Senators Stabenow and Peters and a bipartisan group of Michigan House members urged President Trump to approve Governor Snyder’s request for a disaster declaration. This request came after federal, state, and local officials conducted a Joint Preliminary Damage Assessment in the counties affected and determined that federal assistance was needed. Senators Stabenow and Peters have also urged Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to expedite the process for assessing crop loss and damage for Michigan farmers impacted by the flood.

Residents and businesses can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by visiting www.DisasterAssistance.gov or calling 1-800-621-3362. The number will be in operation from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm seven days a week until further notice.


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