GLADWIN COUNTY – According to Eva Rohlman, the Outreach Services Director for Mid Michigan Community Action Agency, Gladwin County has submitted more than 1,000 applications for FEMA assistance as a result of the damages brought on by the May 2020 flood. To date, more than $5 million of assistance has been provided to residents, including more than $700,000 to repair and replace wells. According to Rohlman, the community has also received more than $6 million in SBA loans to support rebuilding
Well water systems throughout the county continue to be affected by changes in the water table due to the disaster. Primary residents with wells have until Saturday, November 28 to apply for assistance with FEMA by calling 800-621-3362. This is an extension of the September 30 date to apply for FEMA assistance, specifically for water access issues.
The Gladwin Long Term Recovery Group meets regularly to discuss updates and information on the recovery of flood survivors. Local non-profits, faith-based groups, and community members are serving on various subcommittees of the Long Term Recovery Group. Long Term Recovery subcommittees include Financial Support, Volunteer Coordination, Rebuild and Construction, Communication, and Case Management. All subgroups hold specific responsibilities, collaborating to serve the singular goal of long-term recovery. If you are interested in more information on the Gladwin Long Term Recovery Group, please contact Mid Michigan Community Action Agency at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gladwin County Community Foundation continues to receive donations for flood relief through ReliefGladwin.org. It can accept online VISA and Mastercard payments. If you would like to contribute via mail, you can mail checks to Gladwin County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 480, Gladwin, MI 48624. If you have any questions about Gladwin County Community Foundation’s involvement in local flood relief, you may call the foundation at 989-839-9661.
Volunteers are registering now to assist with rebuilding projects. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Gladwin County Habitat for Humanity at 989-426-3078 for an application. If you are a group interested in adopting a project, get an application today from www.mmcaa.org/floodrelief.
For those in need of assistance with flood recovery, a FEMA appeal, or unmet needs from the flood, please call the local Disaster Case Manager, Carla Long, at 989-598-4315. If you’re not sure where to turn for more information or for help, simply dial 2-1-1.