Clare County assessing flooding damage - WNEM TV 5

Clare County assessing flooding damage

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The Clare County Emergency Management and county officials are seeking a state of emergency declaration for the county.

Assessment teams were deployed throughout the county on Feb. 22 to assess damage to homes, businesses and roads.

"What they'll do is they'll go out and assess. First of all, make sure it's safe. They'll do a series of photographs and then they'll compile that information. They'll bring that information back here to the emergency operation center. And then we will upload that information to the state and and then eventually FEMA," said Jerry Becker, director of Clare County Emergency Management.

Most property owners found out the hard way they weren’t covered by insurance.

“A lot of the areas are not designated as flood zones. So, the thought of flood insurance probably never occurred to a lot of folks,” Becker said.

Becker is asking residents to report any flood damage they may have received by calling 211.

He also said after his teams have finished their assessments and uploaded their data to the state and FEMA, they can begin the process of providing financial aid.

"We'll have an opportunity for people to come in and then they'll be able to apply for grants or low interest loans," Becker said.

For now, Becker said they are still in the recovery phase with homeowners throughout the region calling in about flood damage within their neighborhoods.

"With the river levels coming up in other areas, I would expect that it's going to continue to get worse for a while before it gets better," Becker said.

If anyone needs to leave their residence due to flooding, Hayes Municipal Complex is acting as a shelter location. It is located at 2055 E. Townline Lake Road in Harrison.

People with wells should be concerned if the well head or pump was submerged in water. The Central Michigan District Health Department encourages owners to have their well tested if submersion occurred. Call 989-539-6731 for information.

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