FEMA Representatives Schedule Local Meetings with Dearborn Heights Flood Victims

October 1, 2014

For Immediate Release

For More Information, Contact:
Bob Ankrapp, PEM
Emergency Manager & Public Information Officer
Tel: (313) 277-7405 – Cell: (734) 751-5925
E-mail: rankrapp@ci.dearborn-heights.mi.us

FEMA Representatives schedule local meetings with Dearborn Heights flood victims

Dearborn Heights, Michigan – Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct 4 local meetings in Dearborn Heights this week to assist residents who experienced flooding as a result of the August 11 storm. The meetings, known as Disaster Survivor Assistance meetings, will allow flood victims to express, in person, questions and concerns to FEMA representatives regarding their eligibility for federal assistance that is available through the agency, as well as learn more about how the application process works.

The meetings will take place at the John F. Kennedy Library, 24602 Van Born Road (just West of Telegraph Road) in Dearborn Heights at the following dates/times:

Wednesday, October 1 – 12:00 Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 2 – 12:00 Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Friday, October 3 – 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 4 – 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m.
NOTE: Residents do not need to make advance appointments to meet with the FEMA staff.

Portions of Dearborn Heights, particularly along and near Ecorse Creek along the city’s southern border, experienced significant flood damage during the storm.

On September 25, President Obama signed a Federal Disaster Declaration for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, clearing the way for federal assistance for those who experienced significant storm/flood damage.

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6 thoughts on “FEMA Representatives Schedule Local Meetings with Dearborn Heights Flood Victims”

  1. Trinity , October 2, 2014 at 10:48 am,&Troy , October 1, 2014 at 11:03 pm,

    Both of you have a good points, Trinity trying to get FEMA to pay in the cost of public clean-up, Troy, you trying to find a solution so DH will have no disaster and need no FEMA.

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  2. Trinity: (I do speak for myself and I am Troy, who are you!)
    As I stated, I do not need government hand outs or loans or gift cards or what ever else they can do in a reactive capacity. My whole point is to fix the problem.
    FYI, in case you have not read it, the 2008 study showed that there is a problem and while there is not $250 Million to implement the whole plan, something can be done. The FEDERAL attention, that you think we need, came from the ACE in 2011 which agreed that there is a problem. The Federal ACE study was never finished due to de-funding.
    Me hating the city? Far from it. I have invested 13 years here and have put up with MANY FLOODS, at least 2 times a year and now I am feed up with the weak answers, miss information and flat out lies in some cases. That is why I came to the Truth Page.
    If you find help in FEMA, great. However it is not the solution to our problem as often alluded to in public comments by elected officials and their helpers.
    Trinity you write: “I feel efforts should be channeled more on a long term plan to make the creek a viable place to live”
    How long should efforts be channeled? 13 more years? We have a plan – it is not being implemented. Put away the politics and your bias and see the whole issue. We have a problem, we have a solution and we have no action.
    FYI – If you read the studies that have been done since 2000, it is obvious that the creek will never be a viable place to live because it is a DRAIN! It is not for recreational purposes. Read the 2009 Ecoli report! The county dumps RAW Sewage into it! Talk about chasing Ghosts!
    Anyway I do clean up the creek every time it rains and then I live with the dirty steets for weeks.

    See you at the next council meeting! Who ever you are!

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  3. Troy- I don’t recall anyone saying that FEMA would be handing out flood damage gift cards. I have read for some time in local news articles that loans are what FEMA does. No surprise. I would have been shocked if it were otherwise. I also think it is assuming a lot to say that FEMA’s loans are unwanted and worthless as well. Speak for yourself. Maybe there are people that could use the help.

    What FEMA coming does accomplish, in addition to the loans, is it helps local municipalities with cleanup costs. I know you generally hate the city, but those additional trucks and weeks of garbage pickup had a cost, one that was probably not budgeted for. That is certainly welcome news.

    It also brings federal attention to our flood plain and may bring focus back on a plan to repair it. That is the ultimate solution to the problem. There is no “smoking cork” that someone is holding on to that somehow led to a flood. You will be chasing ghosts and rumors every single time the creek is high Troy until there is an infrastructure fix.

    I was flooded too. I did put in a claim, which may or may not yield results. Either way, I feel efforts should be channeled more on a long term plan to make the creek a viable place to live instead of chasing down political witches to burn. You want to change things, don’t just work locally, call your state and federal rep as well, as I have. Until then, the creek will flood again…and again….and again…and again….and you will be asking for $$$$ again and again and again and again…..

    See you at the next Ecorse Creek cleanup!

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  4. To Troy , October 1, 2014 at 11:03 pm, That was the mayor assistant who posted the FEMA schedule, Good job, she was able to respond to my question in 52 minutes, very impressive and positively motivated using this blog to reach out to DH residents sure with the blessing of the mayor. Good job!

    On other note, the heavy rain increased the storm water, that caused the sewage flow to increase since they are combined in certain areas, that flow was over capacity of the treatment plants and the retainers causing the back-up in the lower areas of DH basements. I hope you din’t get the combined contaminated fluid in your basement, its very nasty and need lot of cleaning and removal of contamination.

    Very difficult to pin down the responsible entity, very complex issue, private insurance is the best answer if available and affordable.

    “October 1, 2014

    For Immediate Release

    For More Information, Contact:
    Bob Ankrapp, PEM
    Emergency Manager & Public Information Officer
    Tel: (313) 277-7405 – Cell: (734) 751-5925
    E-mail: rankrapp@ci.dearborn-heights.mi.us

    FEMA Representatives schedule local meetings with Dearborn Heights flood victims

    Dearborn Heights, Michigan – Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct 4 local meetings in Dearborn Heights this week to assist residents who experienced flooding as a result of the August 11 storm. The meetings, known as Disaster Survivor Assistance meetings, will allow flood victims to express, in person, questions and concerns to FEMA representatives regarding their eligibility for federal assistance that is available through the agency, as well as learn more about how the application process works.

    The meetings will take place at the John F. Kennedy Library, 24602 Van Born Road (just West of Telegraph Road) in Dearborn Heights at the following dates/times:

    Wednesday, October 1 – 12:00 Noon to 5:00 p.m.
    Thursday, October 2 – 12:00 Noon to 5:00 p.m.
    Friday, October 3 – 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m.
    Saturday, October 4 – 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m.
    NOTE: Residents do not need to make advance appointments to meet with the FEMA staff.

    Portions of Dearborn Heights, particularly along and near Ecorse Creek along the city’s southern border, experienced significant flood damage during the storm.

    On September 25, President Obama signed a Federal Disaster Declaration for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, clearing the way for federal assistance for those who experienced significant storm/flood damage.

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    Krystina Laslo , October 1, 2014 at 2:12 pm”

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  5. Just heard it on Fox news ” FEMA help is not FREE, they are loans that will need to be paid back” Monica said it. Check it out for yourself.

    This is what I have been telling people all along. This was the same waste of time at the Richard A Young center when the county put on their marketing campaign.

    I applied to FEMA via the phone number and they refereed me to the SBA (Small Business Administration) that wants me to apply for a LOAN! I have the voice mail message and I will play it for the council on Tuesday.

    FEMA also sent a “FEMA” contract adjuster to my neighbors house, after he called this number, that spent hours at his house. He was also told that he would have to apply to the SBA for a no interest loan.

    Really! – a loan to fix my house that the city and county destroyed via the flood! Not a chance.

    I don’t want a government hand out! I want the city to take responsibility for the failure of the drain system and fix the problem or force the county too.

    Can someone Please, Please tell them to stop all of the marketing ploys and get down to processing our claims to the city.

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