Communities impacted by the floods in April have less than a week to file their request for federal disaster money.
In June, President Obama declared a major disaster in 16 Michigan counties, including Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon and Newaygo. The Small Business Association also issued a disaster declaration this summer. Both declarations freed up federal assistance for homeowners, local governments and certain non-profits who were forced to clean up. Homeowners and businesses had until Monday, August 12 to apply for assistance; city officials have until August 17.
The flooding caused $10 million in damage in Kent County alone. Federal funding would help pay for debris removal and repairs to public property, roads and bridges.