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FEMA teams return to help Mid-Michigan flood survivors

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Help has returned to Mid-Michigan for folks devastated by the massive June flooding. 

Teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are back in the area to help families register for disaster assistance. They're working in Bay, Gladwin, Midland and Isabella Counties. 

In addition to the registration opportunity offered by the four teams designated to our area, families can also register for assistance by:

  • Registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or through the FEMA App.
  • Call 800-621-3362. TTY users can call 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services can call 800-621-3362 to register.

By registering with FEMA, residents may qualify for federal disaster assistance such as:

  • Grants to rent a temporary place to live.
  • Grants for essential home repairs not covered by insurance.
  • Grants for disaster-related needs not covered by insurance — such as medical, dental, transportation, funeral expenses, moving and storage fees, personal property loss and child care.

You're encouraged to ask any FEMA team member for official identification before handing over private information. 

FEMA has opened a Disaster Recovery Center to assist those in Midland County. Representatives from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration will be at Carpenter Street School, 1407 W. Carpenter Street in Midland, to answer questions about disaster assistance; as well as provide information on low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters, and businesses.

The center will be open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday until further notice. Officials note it is not necessary to visit the center to register for and receive federal disaster assistance.

A Disaster Recovery Center was also opened in Isabella County. It is located at 4855 E. Bluegrass Road in Mt. Pleasant, in Bay County at the Bay City Town Center, 4101 E. Wilder Road in Bay City, and in Gladwin County at the MSU Co-Op Extension Office, 555 W. Cedar Ave. in Gladwin.

The hours are the same for all of the centers.

The Gladwin County center will close on Aug. 25 at 6 p.m.

"It's nice to know that there a lot of people that care and the government is coming through on some promises," said Ted Cudich, resident at Alpine Village Mobil Home Park.

The mobile home park was hit hard by flood waters in June.

"It's been a little rough, but hopefully things are going to get a quantum leap better very shortly," Cudich said.

Residents affected by the flood waters could receive money for emergency needs not covered by their insurance.

Jackie Snyder is glad to know help is on the way.

"It's just been very depressing around here. When things start picking up and floating by your house, it was terrible," Snyder said.

FEMA spokesperson Nate Custer said the damage firsthand when he visited the area last month. He is glad he can help with recovery efforts.

"These people who have no insurance or are under insured can get some help from FEMA with getting back on their feet," Custer said.

Julia Green and her sister Corlynn were forced out of Park Place Apartments in Mt. Pleasant after their bottom unit was practically underwater. Now they are living in temporary quarters.

"The apartment won't be ready until mid-December. So my sister has been staying with friends and family, and myself and my kids have been staying with friends and family as well," Green said.

She said she is still having a hard time after losing most of her personal items.

"We lost beds. We lost all my kids' clothes, their dressers. A lot of random pictures that we can never get back. I have a deceased husband. So pictures that were lost that I can't get back," Green said.

Green is just one of many people in Isabella County still reeling from the flood.

Kurt Pickering, spokesperson for FEMA, said they are eager to help.

"We're not about putting things back the way they were. FEMA's role is to help people get through the event. So we would assist people to have a safe, clean shelter. Usually that's done through monetary means," Pickering said.

He said anyone who received damage to their property or personal items in the four designated counties can register for help.

Green and her sister have received some assistance from FEMA and are grateful for the help.

"It makes me feel good that someone is trying to help in the community. There's a lot of families that are going without a lot of things. Some people don't even know how to reach out to FEMA. So I'm glad that there's that help," Green said.

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