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Michigan's governor asks for presidential disaster declaration for counties affected by spring flood

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Gov. Snyder seeks a presidential disaster declaration for 16 Michigan counties hit hard by floods this spring. Heavy rains in April and early May led to flooding in many parts of Michigan. 

Governor Snyder declared a state of disaster on May 7. That set the stage for state and federal teams to review damage and property losses in 19 counties. The assessment has led the governor now to seek a presidential disaster declaration in 16 counties. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will review the governor’s request.

If it’s approved, people living in the affected areas will be eligible for low-interest loans for uninsured losses incurred by homeowners, renters, businesses and nonprofit organizations. The loans could be used to pay for repairing or replacing real estate, personal property, equipment and other business assets that have been damaged or destroyed in the flooding.

Here’s the complete list of counties in the governor’s letter requesting the presidential disaster declaration:  Allegan, Barry, Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Ionia, Kent, Keweenaw, Marquette, Midland, Muskegon, Newaygo, Ontonagon, Osceola, Ottawa and Saginaw.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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