President Donald J. Trump issued a "Major Disaster Declaration" for Michigan, following the devastating flooding that occurred on Father's Day. Congressman Bergman released the following statement:
"I applaud President Trump and the Administration for approving Lt. Governor Calley's request to declare the damage in Houghton, Gogebic, and Menominee counties a major disaster. I will continue to encourage the Administration to approve Individual Assistance, as that portion remains in the review process. The flooding on Father's Day could not dampen the Yooper spirit, and today's news is another great step towards rebuilding and getting copper country back on it's feet,"said Bergman.
After he visited Houghton the day after the flooding, Congressman Bergman wrote a letter to Governor Snyder, along with both U.S. Senators, letting his office know federal officials stood ready to support the State of Michigan's recovery efforts. That letter can be found HERE.
On July 9th, Lt. Governor Calley sent a letter to President Trump requesting a major disaster declaration for Houghton, Gogebic, and Menominee counties.
Congressman Bergman, Senators Stabenow, and Peters sent a letter of support to President Trump, urging a disaster declaration for the three counties affected. That letter in its entirety can be foundHERE.
FEMA’s Press Release on the Declaration:
On August 2, 2018, President Donald J. Trump granted a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Michigan, triggering the release of federal funds to help communities recover from the Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides that occurred June 16-18, 2018. Details of the disaster declaration and assistance programs are as follows:
Incident: Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides
Incident Period: June 16-18, 2018
Federal Coordinating Officer: David G. Samaniego
National FCO Program
Individual Assistance (IA): (Assistance to individuals and households):
IA-Designated Counties: Under Review.
Public Assistance (PA): (Assistance for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities):
PA-Designated Counties: Gogebic, Houghton, and Menominee.
Hazard Mitigation (HM): (Assistance for actions taken to prevent or reduce long term risk to life and property from natural hazards):
HM-Designated Areas: All areas in the State of Michigan are eligible for assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
A Public Assistance Fact Sheet Can Be Found HERE.