Disaster Assistance Resources for Homeowners, Renters, and Businesses
From our friends at Newaygo County Emergency Operations Center:
On Thursday, March 14, 2019, 1 ½ to 2 inches of rainfall occurred over the area. Combined with the 4 – 6 inches of moisture contained within the snowpack that released all at once, widespread area flooding along with river flooding occurred. This event caused substantial damage across the County.
On Friday, March 15, 2019, the Newaygo County Board Chair declared a Local State of Emergency. On Saturday, March 16, 2019, the Board Chair requested a Governor’s office to declare a State of Emergency. This was approved on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. A Small Business Administration disaster survey was requested by the Governor’s Office on March 21, 2019. This was conducted on March 26 – 28, 2019. Based on data collected during the assessment, the Governor’s office then requested a Small Business Administration disaster declaration on April 3, 2019 which was approved on April 4, 2019.
This event impacted and caused damage to the following:
The following roadways still remain closed:
DISASTER ASSISTANCE RESOURCES
U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loans:
Newaygo County is located in an approved declared disaster area, which opens up low interest loans to homeowners, businesses, and renters to help repair or replace disaster damaged property.
SBA’s Customer Service Representatives will be available at the Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about the loan program and help individuals complete their applications. The center is located at the Fremont City Recreation Center at 201 E Maple Street, in Fremont MI 49412. The Center will open starting Saturday, April 6, 2019.
Hours of Operation
Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 10:00 am to 2:00 PM
Sunday, April 7, 2019 CLOSED
Monday, April 8 – Thursday, April 11, 2019 9am – 6pm
Friday, April 12, 2019 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Applicants may also apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is June 3, 2019. The deadline to return economic injury applications is January 6, 2020.
Habitat for Humanity Re-Store:
Habitat for Humanity is offering a 10% off coupon for their Re-Store in Fremont. This discount is good through September 30, 2019 on any purchases up to $500.00. To be eligible, you must be identified in Newaygo County Emergency Services Flood Recovery Database. To verify if you are included or for more information, please contact the Newaygo County Emergency Services Department at 231-689-7354.
Department of Health and Humans Services:
Department of Health and Human Services has emergency funds available to assist towards repairs that could cause health related issues. To be eligible, you must meet limited assets and income requirements of DHHS. For more information, please visit: https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-8319_9584---,00.html
True North Services:
The Center for Nonprofit Housing has a locally funded repair program. Repairs are limited to those necessary to correct health and safety concerns. They serve Newaygo County households that are below 150% of the FPL or 80% AMI. Their funds are very limited. For additional information, please contact Center for Nonprofit Housing at (231) 924-0641 extension 130.
The Newaygo County Emergency Services Departments has received funding from the Consumers Energy Foundation, Paulsen’s Heating and Cooling, and Habitat for Humanity to provide dumpsters to flooding victims. To be eligible, you must be identified in Newaygo County Emergency Services Flood Recovery Database. To verify if you are included or for more information, please contact the Newaygo County Emergency Services Department at 231-689-7354.
Muck outs, Debris Removal, and Mold Remediation:
Homes and businesses which have been posted with a Certificate of Inspection will require additional safety inspections by the Building Inspector’s Office, Environmental Health Sanitarian, or State Inspector’s Office prior to being allowed to return. These initial inspections are free of charge and are for the safety of the homeowner and/or business.
Well and Septic:
If your well has had standing water around it for more than one day, assume that it is contaminated (flood water may seep into the well around the casting). DO NOT use your well until it has been chlorinated, pumped and sampled. In addition, do not use the sewage system until water in the disposal field is lower that the water level around the house. If you suspect damage to your septic tank, have a professional inspect and service it.
Please contact the District 10 Public Health Department at 689-7300 for information on:
Watch for Scammers:
FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
You do not have to live in a flood plain to get flood insurance. To be eligible, your township must participate in the program. In Newaygo County, the following communities participate, making homeowners in that area eligible to purchase Flood Insurance:
For additional information on the National Flood Insurance Program and how to purchase flood insurance, please visit the following websites:
Continuing Information Will Be Released Via NIXLE
As the situation changes, additional information will be released by the Newaygo County Emergency Operations Center utilizing Nixle. Please visit http://www.nixle.com/ to register for alerts and view emergency information for where you live.