LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) - Gov. Rick Snyder has requested that President Obama declare a major disaster for more than a dozen Michigan counties following heavy flooding in April and May.
Snyder made the request on Friday, asking that federal aid be provided for 16 counties, including Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Muskegon, Newaygo and Ottawa in West Michigan.
"I commend our first responders and volunteer organizations for acting quickly to ensure the safety of citizens affected by this flooding event," Snyder said. "I am requesting federal assistance to make available additional resources to further help our communities recover from this flooding that impacted much of the state."
Assessments of the damage occurred from May 9 to May 22 by federal Preliminary Damage Assessment teams after information was gathered by the Michigan State Police and the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency will review the damage assessments and advise Obama on whether federal aid should be provided. The aid would help cover costs incurred by the state government as well as local governments. It would not provide assistance to home or business owners.
Snyder also plans to request assistance from the Small Business Administration for Kent County. That assistance would also help the counties that surround Kent County, including Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo and Ottawa.
The SBA aid would help uninsured homeowners, renters, business owners and nonprofits by offering low-interest disaster loans to replace property that was damaged or destroyed in the floods.
A state of disaster was declared by Snyder on May 7. That declaration allowed resources on the state level to be made available to address public safety after the floodwaters receded.
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