Michigan's governor asks (again) for federal help for Genesee County flood victims

Jun 27, 2012

Gov. Snyder is trying again to get some federal help for people in Genesee County hard-hit by spring floods.  

Parts of Genesee County were inundated with heavy rains May 4 and 5. More than 5 inches of rain led to widespread flooding that damaged more than 1,700 homes and businesses. 

The governor’s office initially asked for a Presidential Disaster Declaration.     But the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied the request. It said the damage was not severe enough to be beyond “the capabilities of the state…local governments…and voluntary agencies.”

The governor is now asking for help from the Small Business Administration. If it's granted, that disaster declaration would allow low-interest loans for homeowners, renters, businesses and nonprofit organizations to repair or replace real estate, personal property, equipment and other  assets that have been damaged or destroyed. The loans could also cover uninsured losses.

“Even though this incident did not rise to the level of a Presidential Disaster declaration, I am committed to ensuring that all avenues for possible assistance are explored and made available to residents to assist in recovery,” Snyder said in a written statement.  “We’re hopeful that the Small Business Administration will honor our request and make low-interest loans available to residents as they work to rebuild.”