Statement from Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan on President Biden's Disaster Declaration for Wayne and Washtenaw Counties Following Historic Rainstorm

Statement from Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan on President Biden's Disaster Declaration for Wayne and Washtenaw Counties Following Historic Rainstorm

President Joe Biden delivered great news to the people of Detroit and southeast Michigan. We are really pleased the presidential disaster declaration for the June 25-26 flooding was issued in half the time of the August 2014 declaration, allowing Detroiters to get help much more quickly.

I want to thank Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan State Police Emergency Management & Homeland Security for responding quickly and working with the City of Detroit to prepare for the declaration. I also want to thank FEMA Region 5 Manager Kevin Sligh, Sr. who has been hands-on from the beginning.

The City will support FEMA setting up operations in Detroit immediately. The effort will be led by COO Hakim Berry, Deputy Chief of Staff Elisa Malile, and Detroit Water & Sewerage Department (DWSD) Director Gary Brown.

Residents and businesses with flood damage should immediately apply for FEMA reimbursement. Even if you completed the DWSD claim form online or by mail, you still need to apply to FEMA and you can start the process at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by call 800-621-FEMA (3362).

In the meantime, anyone with flood damage should get debris out of their basement and to the curb for DPW bulk pick up. You should also have your basement cleaned and sanitized. Keep receipts, photos of the damage, and other supporting documents. FEMA provides reimbursement, not cleaning services, and therefore doesn’t wait any longer.