LANSING — Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has requested that President Trump declare a major disaster for the state as a result of the heavy rainfall and flooding that happened in Wayne County from April 30-May 3.
The request comes at the conclusion of an in-depth assessment of damage to the area, a press release from Whitmer’s office said.
“Damage to a home and loss of personal property due to flooding can have devastating emotional and financial impacts,” said Whitmer. “Helping the affected residents of Wayne County is our priority, so the state is exploring all its options to help and has asked the federal government for additional resources to assist recovery efforts.”
Her request is for Individual Assistance to help eligible residents recover from the severity of the flooding. The city of Dearborn Heights was among those hardest hit by the floods.
If federal aid is granted, assistance can include grants for temporary housing and repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured properly losses and other programs to help people and businesses recover. The request does not include assistance for costs incurred by state and local governments.
Assessments of damages were conducted from May 27-29. After review, state officials determined the extent of damage reached the level necessary to apply for federal aid.
Whitmer’s request will next be reviewed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which will advise President Trump on whether a disaster declaration should be granted. The final call will be Trump’s, the release said.