Highland Park Erroneously Announces FEMA Coming To Assess Flood Damage
HIGHLAND PARK (WWJ) – The phone has been ringing off the hook at Highland Park City Hall since the mayor’s office announced that federal help may be on the way for residents affected by recent flooding.
Officials at the Highland Park mayor’s office on Thursday told WWJ’s Vickie Thomas that representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would be in town within a day or two to assess the damage and decide if homeowners quality for assistance — but that’s not the case.
As it turns out, it’s Wayne County assessors that plan to visit Highland Park this week.
It was expected that a press release from Mayor DeAndre Windom’s office announcing the FEMA visit would be retracted.
The mayor’s executive assistant, Christenia Wafers, and interns have been fielding calls, taking residents’ information, and creating a database.
“They were gonna come out today, but we want to make sure that no resident is left behind,” Wafers said. “So what they’re gonna do it we’re compiling all the data today, and then the representatives will be out here as early as tomorrow to start getting out to these homes to review the damage and see what they can do.”
Once the Wayne County assessors office is finished, the damage information will be forwarded to FEMA officials.
Any Highland Park resident who experienced damage in their home due to flooding is asked to call the city of Highland Park as soon as possible to provide basic information at 313-252-0050 ext. 240.