Governor: Wayne County Receives Presidential Disaster Declaration

Contact: John Truscott (517) 335-6397

Governor John Engler today announced that Wayne County received a presidential disaster declaration, which will further help people who were affected by flooding in their homes and businesses on Sept. 10 and 11.

"This declaration, which I requested on Oct. 2, will enable flood victims to get their lives back to normal as soon as possible," said Governor Engler. "I wish to commend the work of the State Police Emergency Management Division, the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Department of Transportation, which assisted communities and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) personnel in their damage assessment efforts."

The presidential disaster declaration will make available a variety of federal aid programs for individuals and businesses that sustained damage during the flooding. Qualifications for the various programs will be established by FEMA. The Michigan State Police Emergency Management Division will assist FEMA in administering these programs.

Severe flooding primarily affected the following communities: Allen Park, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Ecorse, Lincoln Park, Riverview, Southgate, Taylor, Van Buren Township, Wyandotte and the city of Wayne. Federal aid programs, however, will be available to all affected Wayne County residents.

Damage assessments conducted by FEMA indicated that 13,211 private residences and businesses were affected by flooding.