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Federal agency approves state's request for flood aid

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Bryce Huffman
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Michigan Radio

Michiganders hard hit by heavy flooding in February are getting some help.

Gov. Snyder declared a state of disaster for 17 counties and two cities after heavy rainfall and snowmelt resulted in widespread flooding damage.

The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved the state’s request for a physical and economic disaster declaration for four Michigan counties.

The declaration covers Arenac, Berrien, Ingham, and Kalamazoo counties, along with more than a dozen neighboring counties.

The disaster assistance program provides low-interest disaster loans for uninsured losses incurred by homeowners, renters, businesses and nonprofit organizations.

“I am pleased the Small Business Administration will provide financial assistance to individuals and businesses affected by the severe flooding,” Snyder said. “The availability of these loans will bring some relief to those working to recover and rebuild.”

Additional information about the SBA disaster assistance program is available at www.sba.gov