State to pay counties' match for FEMA funding

Oct 8, 2018

LANSING, MI--   The state says it will cover the entire 25-percent local match FEMA requires in order to get funding for flood repairs. 

June floods caused significant damage to Houghton, Menominee, and Gogebic counties. FEMA calculated public agencies in those counties sustained nearly $30 million dollars in damages that are eligible for public assistance.

Governor Rick Snyder had initially said the state would cover half the local match. Houghton County Administrator Eric Forsberg said it would take some municipalities five years to come up with that amount of money.

Based on the impact on local budgets, Snyder says the state will now provide the full 25-percent match.

FEMA and the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division will begin developing recovery projects in the three counties to take advantage of the financial assistance available.