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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's initial application for a Presidential Declaration of a major disaster related to this spring's flooding in Michigan has been denied by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The governor has 30 days to appeal the denial, and is expected to do so.
A Presidential Declaration, through FEMA, could open the door for additional funding and relief for those who were negatively impacted by spring flooding.
Flooding in the Downriver region at the end of April resulted in a state of emergency declared by both Wayne County and the State of Michigan. The area was hit with record rains at the end of April and beginning of May, with more than five inches recorded in a single week, and over three inches on April 30. The downfall overwhelmed with sewer systems, and resulted in both basement and overland flooding throughout the area.
Some areas faced more difficulty than others. Places like Dearborn Heights and Lincoln Park were hit particularly hard. Nevertheless, Taylor had a large amount of flooded basements and roadways. Many areas took weeks to completely clean up.
With the county and state declarations of emergency, communities across the region accepted detailed reports from residents who were impacted. All of those were filed with emergency agencies. The state of emergency issued by Whitmer made available state resources that coordinated with local response and recovery efforts. The designation authorized the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division to coordinate state efforts beyond what those agencies were already doing.