FEMA has disaster recovery centers for historic flood victims in metro Detroit

Victims of flooding could get thousands of dollars in relief aid from FEMA

DETROIT – Victims of metro Detroit's historic flood could get as much as $32,000 in aid thanks to FEMA.

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Since President Barack Obama declared a flood emergency in Michigan on Sept. 25, more than 25,000 Detroiters have applied to FEMA.

"We know that tens of thousands of Detroiters were impacted by the flood and suffered damage to their homes," Mayor Mike Duggan said at a news conference. "My office will be following up with FEMA on every case to make sure that no Detroiter who needs help falls through the cracks."

The aid stretches from Detroit to the suburbs. Four disaster recovery centers opened to assist residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. The four centers are one-stop shops where disaster survivors can register for assistance, discuss types of disaster assistance programs with specialists, receive the status of their existing application and obtain other information.

Depending on the type of damage, homeowners could receive up to $32,000 in grant money -- money that goes towards fixing your home and doesn't have to be paid back, even if your home is already repaired.

If more money is needed, that's where Small Business Assistance Loans come in. All centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, but closed on Sunday.

Residents with losses from the storms and flooding will save time by registering for help from FEMA before going to the disaster recovery centers.

Register at www.disasterassistance.gov or via a web-enabled phone at m.fema.gov. Applicants may also call 800-621-FEMA (3362). TTY users may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EDT seven days a week until further notice.

The application deadline is Nov. 24, 2014.

Disaster recovery center locations:

Macomb County
Renaissance Unity Church
11200 E. 11 Mile Road
Warren, MI 48089

Oakland County
Gerry Kulick Community Center
1201 Livernois Ave.
Ferndale, MI 48220

Wayne County
Wayne County Community College Welcome Center
8200 West Outer Drive
Detroit, MI 48219

Wayne County Community College Education and Performing Arts Center
21000 Northline Road
Taylor, MI 48180