GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The deadline is fast approaching to claim damage from the historic floods West Michigan saw this spring.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says representatives from local governments, counties and private non-profits have one week left to apply for federal funds to help recover from the floods.
Sixteen counties were declared major disaster areas by the president after creeks and rivers across West Michigan overran their banks in late April and early May. Gov. Rick Snyder had already declared a state of disaster in 19 counties along with the cities of Grand Rapids and Ionia.
Anyone who still needs to apply needs to submit a Request for Public Assistance form to the Michigan State Police by Aug. 17. Once the form is received, state and federal authorities will help assess damages and needs.
Questions can be directed to the MSP Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division at 888.363.8632.
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