- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Federal assistance for Detroit-area residents who suffered property damage during severe August flooding has totaled $246 million following the application deadline.

The Detroit News reports nearly 128,100 people had applied for federal grants as of Monday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved $141.5 million in grants in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. The Small Business Administration approved $104.5 million in low-interest loans.

The FEMA aid deadline was Sunday but a spokesman says some people could still qualify. Monday was the deadline to apply for a loan of up to $200,000 from the Small Business Administration. Homeowners who applied for aid and were denied may reapply within 60 days.

President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration for Michigan in September. The cost to repair the flood damage was estimated at more than $1.1 billion.

On Tuesday, a workshop is taking place to introduce faith-based and other community leaders in southeastern Michigan to information about long-term disaster recovery. The event is at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Warren, a Detroit suburb that was hit hard by flooding.

The “Recovery Tools and Training” workshop, which is free to attend, is led by disaster recovery specialists from Church World Service, United Methodist Committee on Relief, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Lutheran Disaster Response and World Renew.

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