Thursday, October 7, 2021

Flood assistance is still available

Federal assistance for area homeowners and survivors of the June 25 - 26 severe storms and flooding is still available. Residents who suffered damage can still register with FEMA for individual disaster assistance. The deadline for assistance has been extended to Friday, Nov. 12, and applies to survivors living in Wayne County. 

The $5.5 million flood assistance program is available to assist homeowners recovering from the historic rainfall that resulted in flood and sewer damages to thousands of households.  Eligible residents can receive grants to help cover the cost of replacing goods, labor, and insurance deductibles related to flood damage, but not covered by FEMA or property insurance.

Wayne County was allocated $5,593,057 by the State of Michigan to fund this program.  Grants will be distributed to impacted residents to cover damages and costs.  To be eligible, the applicant's property must be located in Wayne County (outside of Detroit) and the property must be their residence, the damage must have occurred because of the June 25-26 weather events, and applicants must have applied for FEMA assistance.  Detroit residents can apply for assistance through a parallel program operated by the City of Detroit.  Applicants will need to submit an itemized quote and/or receipt from their contractor(s). To apply for relief, residents can go to the Wayne County Economic Development website and provide application materials including: Proof of residence; insurance claim (if applicable); FEMA application number; itemized quote and/or receipt for contractor work (if applicable) and photos of damaged belongings.

The applications will now be accepted until Nov. 12, according to the office of Wayne County Executive Warren Evans.