LANSING, Mich., July 15, 2021 — Today, President Joe Biden issued a disaster declaration that provides individual assistance for Wayne and Washtenaw counties as a result of the heavy rainfall and flooding that occurred in late June after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer requested he declare a disaster for the state of Michigan. 

“Lives all across my community and Southeast Michigan will never be the same after this devastating flood washed away their livelihood and damaged priceless property and memorabilia, ” said state Rep. Joe Tate (D-Detroit), Democratic vice chair of the House Appropriations Committee. “I am proud of our governor and President Biden for quickly working to enact this declaration to make resources available for those who desperately need it. ”

The Michigan Senate also passed a supplemental budget bill to provide $10 million in immediate flood relief — sending the aid bill to the governor’s desk.

“I applaud the Senate for finally passing the supplemental budget that provides relief in this time of crisis,” Tate said. “Along with the emergency declaration, this is a huge step in enabling Michiganders to recover from this historic rainfall.”