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FEMA denies request for help again for UP residents hard hit by June flood

Sep 5, 2018

Houghton resident Cynthia Drake's home was filled with 3 inches of mud after heavy rains caused flash flooding near her home.
Credit KAYE LAFOND / Michigan Radio

The federal government has again rejected Michigan’s request for federal assistance to Upper Peninsula residents hit hard by flooding in June.

More than seven inches of rain fell on Father’s Day, causing tens of millions of dollars in damages and devastating parts of three counties in the U.P.

Last month, a presidential disaster declaration was issued. It provided assistance for repairing damaged public facilities and infrastructure. But not for individual residents.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) concluded state and local funds would be enough to handle losses of homeowners and businesses.

Gov. Snyder appealed, insisting people in the affected counties need help with temporary housing and uninsured home repairs and low-cost loans.

But FEMA again said no.

The governor says he’s disappointed. Snyder plans to ask for a physical and economic disaster declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration.