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President Trump approves mid-Michigan major disaster declaration following May dam failure

Sanford Dam in July 2020
Posted at 8:34 PM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 22:15:31-04

MIDLAND, Mich. — President Trump approved Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's request to declare mid-Michigan a major disaster area after two dams failed in May.

In a Tweet Thursday, President Trump said, "At the request of Congressman Moolenaar, I have approved a major Disaster Declaration to provide more than $43 million in Federal Funds to help the people of the GREAT State of Michigan recover from the recent dam break flooding. I will always stand with Michigan!"

Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency back in May for Midland, Gladwin and Iosco Counties, providing them with limited federal assistance.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said, “Seeing the people and businesses of these communities pull together to help one another after this 500-year flooding event continues to inspire me."

"The devastation of this disaster touched thousands of Michigan families and businesses and this federal declaration is an important step in our efforts to continue to provide assistance as they recover and rebuild,” Whitmer said.

The aid will provide assistance with housing, repairs and low-cost loans.

To apply, business owners and residents can head to www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.

We spoke with Sanford residents earlier this month who said they have been waiting to hear about possible financial aid from the federal government.