DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Federal assistance for Detroit-area residents who suffered property damage during severe August flooding has totaled $246 million following the application deadline.
Nearly 128,100 people had applied for federal grants as of Monday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved $141.5 million in grants in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. The Small Business Administration approved $104.5 million in low-interest loans.READ MORE: Michigan Launches MI Benefits Center To Help Residents Apply For Food Assistance
The FEMA aid deadline was Sunday but a spokesman says some people could still qualify. Monday was the deadline to apply for a loan of up to $200,000 from the Small Business Administration. Homeowners who applied for aid and were denied may reapply within 60 days.
Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of disaster for Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties after the Aug. 11 storms. Some areas received more than 6 inches of rain which flooded basements, streets and freeways.
President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration for Michigan in September. The cost to repair the flood damage was estimated at more than $1.1 billion.READ MORE: Multiple Students Facing Charges For School Threats In Metro Detroit
On Tuesday, a workshop is taking place to introduce faith-based and other community leaders in southeastern Michigan to information about long-term disaster recovery. The event is at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Warren, one of the hardest hit suburbs.
The “Recovery Tools and Training” workshop, which is free to attend, is led by disaster recovery specialists from Church World Service, United Methodist Committee on Relief, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Lutheran Disaster Response and World Renew.
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