WNEM — President approves disaster declaration in Mid-Michigan counties impacted by flooding

Posted July 9, 2020

President Donald Trump approved a disaster declaration Thursday for Midland and surrounding counties after flooding destroyed many homes in the area in May.

“Seeing the people and businesses of these communities pull together to help one another after this 500-year flooding event continues to inspire me,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “The devastation of this disaster touched thousands of Michigan families and businesses and this federal declaration is an important step in our efforts to continue to provide assistance as they recover and rebuild.”

Whitmer declared a state of emergency for Midland and Gladwin counties on May 19 and added Iosco County to the list on May 27 after heavy rainfall and failure of the Edenville and Sanford dams caused widespread flooding.

“On behalf of the over 10,000 flood victims in Midland and Sanford who were forced to evacuate their homes,” State Representative Annette Glenn said. “Many of whom lost their homes, businesses, and everything they owned, I’m deeply grateful to President Trump and Vice President Pence for fulfilling their pledge that federal assistance was on its way.”

The disaster declaration will allow for federal dollars to be used to help those impacted by the flooding.

“Midland County is very grateful for this declaration as this funding is critical for assisting in our recovery efforts,” Midland County Emergency Management Coordinator Jenifer Boyer said. “Many families and businesses in our community have sustained huge, uninsured losses from the flooding. By providing help such as grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs, this federal funding will help us get our homes, our businesses, and our lives back in order.”

Residents seeking assistance must apply through FEMA before Sept. 8. To register, click here.