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Snyder Asks Obama for Disaster Declaration After Spring Flooding

Posted at 3:55 PM, Jun 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-07 15:58:53-04

snyderLANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder requested that the president declare a major disaster in Michigan Friday because of severe flood damage that occurred in 16 counties between April 16 and May 14.

Snyder has asked for federal aid to help cover the costs incurred by state and local governments because of the flood damage to facilities and infrastructure.  His request will be reviewed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which will advise the president whether or not to grant the emergency declaration.

In addition to requesting that assistance, Snyder will also file a request for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) assistance for Kent County.  If approved, the SBA disaster assistance program will provide low-interest loans for home and business owners’ uninsured losses from the flooding.

If Kent County receives that funding, it will also apply to the seven neighboring counties of Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo and Ottawa.