Families without flood insurance turn to local agencies for help
Caroline MacGregor April 25, 2013 | WGVU
The 30 day
extension will give Kent County officials time to properly assess damage from
flood waters and whether to pursue state or federal funding to help cover damage
of public and private property. Of nearly 700 residents evacuated from their
homes about 150 have returned home.
“We've actually heard from several callers that they've lost everything.
It's hard in that kind of situation if you've lost everything and you
don't have home owners insurance, it's a tough situation to go through."
Vainavicz is the program manager for Heart of West Michigan United Way. She says volunteers
and workers on the end of their 211 emergency hot line have been hearing from distraught people who never considered flood damage when they purchased their
“A lot of our calls have been around the recovery - where do I dispose of the furniture, the carpeting, how do I get the water out of the basement? They may not have sump pumps; they might not be in a financial situation where they're able to do that. We've been trying to direct folks on giving them ideas and directing them to resources in the community.”
flood waters have receded, emergency management will evaluate the damage to see if any financial compensation
can be pursued on a state or federal level.
"There's limited financial assistance for families dealing with flood damage. Until the water recedes and emergency management can go in and do an assessment of the widespread damage and put a price on it, the State and FEMA won't know if they qualify for a disaster."
Governor Snyder says he is keeping a close eye on the situation in
West Michigan. The Grand River meanwhile is dropping over a foot a day and
remains under a no-contact advisory due to high levels of Ecoli bacteria.
The City of Grand Rapids is offering free curbside pickup of flood-damaged
household items for residents affected by the flood. Collection will be limited
to flood-affected neighborhoods. Contact the Public Services Department at
456-3232 to schedule a pickup.
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