FEMA says no to homeowners affected by flooding

Aug 10, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.--   FEMA has denied individual assistance for Houghton, Gogebic and Menominee county residents whose homes were damaged in June flooding.

Last week FEMA declared the areas eligible to receive assistance through its Public Assistance Program, but the program offers financial help for infrastructure like roads and water systems—not individual homes. FEMA officials say the impact of the flooding to individuals and households was not of the severity and magnitude to warrant federal assistance.

Senator Gary Peters says families need help to rebuild their homes and their lives. He intends to work with FEMA and the state to identify additional avenues for individual assistance.

Governor Snyder has 30 days to appeal FEMA’s decision with additional information. Peters is encouraging residents to identify any personal property damage that may not have been captured by the original damage assessment.