Stabenow Calls on State of Michigan to Appeal FEMA Denial of Individual Assistance to Families Affected by Severe Flooding in the Upper Peninsula

Thursday, August 09, 2018

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today released a statement urging the State of Michigan to appeal a decision by the Federal Emergency Management Agency which denied Individual Assistance to families affected by severe flooding in the Upper Peninsula. 


“I strongly disagree with FEMA’s decision to deny Individual Assistance to the residents of Houghton, Gogebic and Menominee counties who are still suffering after severe flooding,” said Senator Stabenow. “I urge the State to appeal this decision so that residents who have been working tirelessly to get back on their feet will have the resources they need to rebuild and recover.”


This follows calls by Senators Stabenow and Peters for the Administration to approve a major disaster declaration for the three communities in order to provide federal assistance. Last week, recovery resources through FEMA’s Public Assistance Program became available to the affected communities. Since Public Assistance is only available to public facilities such as roads, culverts, and water and sewer systems, many homeowners are still in need of Individual Assistance to repair extensive damage to their homes.