- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Hundreds of metro Detroit residents affected by August flooding can now apply for federal disaster assistance to address the damage.

Several disaster recovery centers opened Tuesday to help people seek financial assistance through grants or low-interest loans, the Detroit Free Press (https://on.freep.com/1y7ouKc ) reported. Local residents can meet with U.S. Small Business Administration representatives at one of the centers in Detroit, Warren, Ferndale or Taylor.

Free inspections to assess flood damage will be conducted on the homes of those who apply for FEMA grants. Inspection reports will be sent back to applicants within a week. Those who are denied grants can repeal, according to Julio Sanchez, manager of the Warren disaster recovery center.

On Sept. 25, President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration for Michigan, upon Gov. Rick Snyder’s request. The cost to clean up and repair the flood damage is estimated at more than $1.1 billion.

“We know that tens of thousands of Detroiters were impacted by the flood and suffered significant damage to their homes,” Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said. “My office will be following up with FEMA daily to make sure every Detroiter who is eligible receives the financial assistance they are entitled to.”

FEMA is offering grants of up to $32,000 per household, according to Duggan. Owners of homes with damage that exceeds that amount can also apply for low-interest loans, he said.

More than 25,000 metro Detroit residents have applied for federal disaster assistance. The applications are available until Nov. 24.

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, https://www.freep.com

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