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Flood recovery continues in Midland County

The goal of FEMA is to help meet the essential needs of homeowners.
Record-breaking floods heavily damaged the M-30 bridge over the Tittabawassee River in Midland County.
Record-breaking floods heavily damaged the M-30 bridge over the Tittabawassee River in Midland County.((source: Michigan Department of Transportation))
Published: Aug. 20, 2020 at 3:32 PM EDT
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MIDLAND COUNTY Mich. (WJRT) -(08/20/20)- ” We want to stay in touch with them. We want to have a continued dialogue, it’s not a one and done proposition, said Midland FEMA contact, Dan Shulman.

Three months after historic flooding in Midland County caused by the collapse of two dams-- the recovery efforts continue.

“We had a flood in 2017, not nearly the impact of this flood. We also weren’t dealing with COVID, so I just want to say kudos to everyone involved because it’s been a challenging environment in which to be able to assist individuals,” said MACF, Sharon Mortensen.

Thursday, the Midland Area Community Foundation and Long Term Recovery Group hosted a flood recovery update session.

The topics included resource deployment, FEMA, case management, housing support, rebuild and construction and volunteering. Phase 3 of the disaster recovery stages.

“We want to make sure that they have the ability to recover on their own. That is really our goal, is to get them to recover on their own while we walk alongside them,” said UMCOR chair, Nancy Money.

The goal of FEMA is to help meet the essential needs of homeowners.

“We are looking at for individuals that are eligible, at providing assistance, we are talking about running water, functioning water and heating systems. Obviously electrical. We are looking at the central living space of that primary residence.” said Shulman.

Dave Pasek’s Midland neighborhood was hit hard by flooding.

Three months later-- they continue to receive support from people from all over.

“The flood was hard for the neighborhood and our fellow neighbors, but I think the outpouring from people was even more delightful and overwhelming,” said Midland County resident, Dave Pasek.

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