- 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.
- Gov. Rick Snyder: Registration deadline approaches for Southeast Michigan residents affected by August storms
- Gov. Snyder approves financial assistance to local governments affected by spring flooding, deep freeze
- Gov. Rick Snyder: Southeast Michigan storm survivors granted more time to seek assistance
- Gov. Rick Snyder's request for disaster declaration covering Southeast Michigan approved by President Obama
- Gov. Rick Snyder seeks presidential disaster declaration to help residents, businesses after Southeast Michigan flooding
- Gov. Snyder applauds Huntington Bank & Michigan Health Endowment Fund for flood donations
- Gov. Snyder requests joint preliminary damage assessment for Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties
- Take Extra Health Precautions During Flood Cleanup News Release No. 7 – August 20, 2014 – 1:30 p.m.
- Beware of Home Restoration Scams After Flooding - Verify Licensed Contractors and Legitimate Businesses News Release No. 6 – August 19, 2014 – 3 p.m.
- Gov. Rick Snyder urges residents to report flood property losses this week
- After the Flood: Schuette Shares Consumer Tips to Avoid Home Repair Scams
- Snyder leads effort for federal emergency relief for Southeast Michigan
- Snyder issues declaration of disaster for Wayne, Oakland, Macomb counties
- Snyder inspects Southeast Michigan flooding; urges motorists to exercise caution
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:
- Call 2-1-1 and Press 1
- 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.
Public Assistance Grant Program
- The Public Assistance Grant Program enables affected state and local governments to rebuild roads, bridges and other public facilities and infrastructure and cover some costs from emergency work. Eligible private non-profits that provide government-like services are also eligible to apply. Questions? Email MSP-EMHSD@michigan.gov.
Information and References
- Steps for Cleaning Mold
- Local Communities Opening Multi-Agency Resource Centers
- Flood Insurance: What You Need to Know
- Flood Insurance: What To Do If You Have Flood Damage
- CDC: Health And Safety After A Flood
- Beware of Scams after a Disaster
- Disaster Declaration Process: Local to Federal
- Metro Detroit Flooding Community Information
- Flood Recovery Tips
- Flood Safety Tips