Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
For Immediate Release:
June 29, 2020
LANSING, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer sent a letter to the Small Business Administration (SBA) requesting the agency declare an Administrative Declaration for Muskegon County, which experienced widespread flooding that caused damage to numerous homes last month.
“The flooding last month in Muskegon County, as well as neighboring Kent, Newaygo, Oceana and Ottawa counties, damaged dozens of homes and left homeowners wondering how they’ll pick up the pieces,” Governor Whitmer said. “That’s why I am asking the Small Businesses Administration for an Administrative Declaration so that long-term, low-interest loans can be made available to help these homeowners recover and get back on their feet.”
The SBA conducted a virtual damage assessment survey of Muskegon County from June 16-23, which found 35 homes had incurred major damage from flooding. The houses sustained sufficient uninsured losses that meet or exceed the 40% of the SBA’s pre-disaster fair market value criteria.
Governor Whitmer is also requesting the counties of Kent, Newaygo, Oceana and Ottawa — which are contiguous to Muskegon County and incurred flood damage — be included in the disaster declaration under the SBA’s contiguous county provision.
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