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FEMA Approves Michigan Disaster Assistance

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FEMA approves more than $33 million for flood assistance in less than two weeks

Federal and state officials say their efforts to get Michigan flood victims to apply for assistance are working. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says more than 40,000 people have applied in less than two weeks.

FEMA has already approved close to $34 million dollars for 18,000 of those applicants.

"We do feel that we're getting the word out," said Erika Lopez, a spokesperson with FEMA's team in Metro Detroit.

"Of course, there's always a lot of work to do. And we will continue to stay here for the long haul to ensure that every resident that has been affected will be able to receive the services that they need to recover from the disaster."

Gov. Rick Snyder has been urging flood victims to apply for the assistance before the November 24th deadline.