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Dingell Applauds Presidential Disaster Declaration for Michigan

Dingell Joined Gov. Whitmer in Urging the Administration for Immediate Relief

DEARBORN, MI - Today, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) released the following statement after the Biden-Harris Administration announced a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Michigan:

“Last month, strong storms covered Southeast Michigan with seven-and-a-half inches of rain in just twelve hours. The resulting damage funneled water into homes and businesses, destroyed valuables, trapped residents on roads, and left 46,000 homes without power.

“Weeks later, my constituents in Wayne County and Washtenaw County are still reaping the effects of these floods and need immediate and long-term relief. In Dearborn alone, more than 12,000 homes have documented damage out of an estimated 20,000 homes believed to be impacted. I am thankful for the Biden-Harris Administration’s attention to our devastated communities so that our neighbors can receive assistance for temporary housing, repair damaged property and replace valuables, and look to rebuild from the floods.

“Today, I am meeting with FEMA to better understand the relief assistance and support their communications efforts. In the coming days, we will ensure everyone in Michigan’s 12th District and beyond understands what to expect for relief assistance and how to obtain that assistance. In the meantime, please continue to take pictures of your damage and ensure you are preparing for any incoming weather. More severe weather is to be expected in our area, and we are here to support you in any way we can.”

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the Washtenaw County and Wayne County can begin applying for assistance by registering online at or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. 

For more information on FEMA assistance to individuals and households, click here. For more information on FEMA assistance for actions taken to prevent or reduce long term risk to life and property from natural hazards, click here.

Rep. Dingell recently joined Governor Whitmer in urging the Biden-Harris Administration for this specific Declaration and subsequent assistance for Michiganders.


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