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Michigan Pushing For Federal Flood Assistance

Jake neher

Michigan congressional delegation to push FEMA for flood help

Members of Michigan's congressional delegation say they will fight to get federal help for people affected by massive floods in and around Detroit.

Thousands of people in and around Detroit are still dealing with damage after massive floods last week.

Gov. Rick Snyder says he hopes to formally ask the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for assistance this week.

Congressman Sander Levin, D-Mich., says it will then be up to federal officials to respond.

"Once that request is made, you can be assured there will be the full impact of Congress to get FEMA to move," said Levin.

Levin and Snyder joined Warren Mayor Jim Fouts to tour flood damage in the Detroit suburb on Monday.

Snyder praised members of Congress for their help on the issue.

"The entire congressional delegation is being a good partner about saying they're working hard to make sure FEMA is as responsive as possible," he said.

Snyder and Levin are urging residents to send pictures and lists of damage to their local governments. They say the extent of the flood damage will determine the amount of federal resources that can come into affected areas.

"The next step that we're really working hard on in partnership with the congressional delegation is getting the information to FEMA, to the federal government, because the real step we need is a presidential declaration," said Snyder.