Relief available: President Barack Obama’s declaration Thursday that the Aug. 11-13 floods in southeast Michigan constituted a major disaster means affected homeowners, businesses and governments can apply for federal relief. Aid to affected households, individuals and for public infrastructure is limited to Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, though the Small Business Administration also is offering disaster loans for economic injury to affected businesses in neighboring counties.
60-day deadline: For most applicants, the president’s declaration puts in place a 60-day deadline to apply for aid, meaning they have to be received by Nov. 24. There is no cap on how much can be disbursed overall but affected residents and business owners would qualify for up to $32,400 in assistance this year.
Contact FEMA: To apply for aid for individuals, households or businesses, you must contact FEMA. You can do so by phone at 800-621-3362, online atwww.DisasterAssistance.gov or by smartphone at m.fema.gov. Those with a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY can call 800-462-7585; those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) can call 800-621-3362. Phone lines will be available 7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Read the full story Detroit Free Press for more information.