Lansing, MI -- Checks totaling more than $2,602,674 have been approved for survivors of storms and flooding in Wayne County. This amount includes $2,442,374 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster housing and $160,300 from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for low-interest loans.
The assistance checks are from FEMA for families whose primary residence was damaged as a result of the flooding on Sept. 10th and 11th. Eligible individuals may receive either temporary rental assistance or assistance for minimal repairs, according to FEMA's Federal Coordinating Officer Suzanne Schmitt.
As of the close of business on Oct. 24, 2,664 applicants had registered for assistance by calling the toll-free number, 1-800-462-9029 (TTY 1-800-462-7585 for hearing- or speech-impaired individuals). Calls can be made from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., 7 days a week.
"All you have to do is make that phone call," Capt. Edward Buikema, State Coordinating Officer, Michigan State Police/Emergency Management Division, said. "No one has to leave work or home to stand in line to register for assistance - just make that phone call."
Two thousand four hundred forty-four inspections have been issued. SBA mailed out 2,003 applications; and seven applications have been returned and approved for loans.