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  • On August 11, 2014, southeast Michigan experienced record rainfall, exceeding six inches in some areas.

    President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster for Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties due to the torrential rain and flooding. This presidential disaster declaration provides individual assistance for people affected by the flooding, and public assistance for governments to cover emergency work and damages to public facilities and infrastructure.

    For ongoing updates, follow the MSP/EMHSD on Twitter @MichEMHS.

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Federal Disaster Declared

  • President Obama has declared a major disaster for the state of Michigan as a result of the historic storm and flash flooding that occurred in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties on Aug. 11.

    The president's declaration immediately opens the door for assistance to people, businesses and governments in the affected area.  People who need assistance can immediately apply for grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to recover from the effects of the flooding.

    Disaster survivors and business owners must register for assistance online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

  • Need Cleanup Assistance?

    The Michigan Community Service Commission is coordinating volunteers to provide cleanup assistance to those still in need from the floods. If you need assistance in removing flood-affected belongings, mud, sand, or floodwater, gutting flood-affected walls (drywall/paneling) or disinfecting your house, volunteer organizations may be able to provide volunteers to assist in cleanup efforts.

    To request volunteer help, you have two options:

    1. Call 2-1-1 and Press 1
    2. Fill out the online Flood Cleanup Assistance Form at www.bit.ly/floodcleanupsemi

    There is no set timeline or guarantee for assistance, but volunteers are being mobilized to help those in the greatest need as quickly as possible.

  • Volunteers Needed for Flood Cleanup Efforts

    Volunteers are needed to help Southeast Michigan residents clean up damaged homes after the Aug. 11 torrential rain and flooding. Interested individuals can sign up by going to semichiganflood.givegab.com or calling 2-1-1. 


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