Time is running short. Michigan residents and businesses recovering from uninsured losses and damage caused by the May 16-22 flooding have just one week left to register for disaster assistance with FEMA and apply for a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loan.
Register with FEMA before 11:59 p.m. ET Sept. 30, 2020, to be considered for assistance.
All Documentation Drop-off Centers have closed permanently. Registration and disaster information is still available by calling the FEMA helpline, going online or using the FEMA mobile app, as follows:
· Call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free numbers operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual operators are available.
Keep in touch with FEMA to track your claim or to notify the agency of changes to your mailing or email addresses or phone numbers, and to report insurance settlements or additional damage you may have discovered. Please file an appeal as you move through the process and identify more potential costs and recovery needs.
FEMA staff may contact you for various reasons, including to discuss your case or request additional information. It’s important to answer those phone calls to make sure your application process continues. If you are in any doubt when receiving a call from someone stating they work for FEMA, do not give out any information, but call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585) between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. ET to verify the call is legitimate.
The SBA helps businesses, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property.
To apply for a low-interest loan, complete an online application at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ before the Sept. 30 deadline. To reach an SBA Customer Service Representative directly call 800-659-2955. Email questions to FOCE-Help@sba.gov. For more information, visit sba.gov/.
Midland County has Disaster Recovery Case Managers to help walk residents through the recovery process. Please call 989-374-8000 for flood recovery assistance.
After careful consideration, the Midland Downtown Business Association (MDBA) and the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) have cancelled this year’s Festifall and Hot Cocoa Crawl events in response to public health and economic concerns amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“To ensure the health and safety of our volunteers, guests, vendors, and staff, the MDBA and DDA felt it best to forgo these events in 2020,” said City of Midland Community Affairs Director Selina Tisdale. “We look forward to bringing Festifall and the Hot Cocoa Crawl back to Downtown Midland in 2021 and encourage our community to continue supporting the Downtown district and its many local businesses in every way possible.”
Residents can access the What Goes Where? Search tool at any time by downloading the free Recycle Coach™ mobile app from the Apple App Store and Google Play. The mobile app also provides residents with the collection day reminders related to the City’s public services, including weekly refuse and yard waste collection, monthly recycling collection, and monthly heavy item and brush collection. Users can set timed reminders before their collection day, as well as find collection requirements and accepted materials lists for each collection type.
Intersections in Midland will be receiving a fresh coat of paint in the coming weeks. Contractors will begin repainting symbols, stop bars, and crosswalks within the City beginning the evening of Sunday, August 16.
Fresh paint will be marked with traffic cones. To avoid paint splatter on vehicles and across pavement, motorists should avoid driving between traffic cones or over any markings that appear to be wet. Once the paint has dried, cones will be removed and normal traffic movements may resume.
Waldo Avenue will be closed to northbound traffic from James Savage Road to E. Patrick Road beginning Monday, August 10 as Consumers Energy begins a utilities project along Waldo.
During construction, northbound traffic on Waldo will be detoured using James Savage Road, S. Saginaw Road, and E. Patrick Road. Southbound traffic will remain on Waldo.
Motorists traveling through the construction zone should drive with caution while work is underway.
The project is estimated to be completed in 6 – 8 weeks.