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Financial aid could be coming for flood victims

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An area park underwater nearly two weeks ago after heavy rains pushed rivers past their banks. An area park underwater nearly two weeks ago after heavy rains pushed rivers past their banks.
SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

Saginaw County is still in a state of emergency due to the recent devastating flood waters.

The clean up continues for hundreds of residents dealing with flood damage in Mid-Michigan. Now financial help could be on the way, but you have to call and let officials know you need it.

A few weeks ago, Mary Pache got the shock of her life when she found a foot of flood water in her basement. "The water was coming in so fast," said Pache. She says her dryer was destroyed, so was her hot water tank.

Overall, the damage amounted to thousands of dollars not covered by insurance.

"The first [restoration expert] wanted $5,000," said Pache.

Flood victims like Peche are being urged to call and report their damage so they can get money from the government to help with repairs. "We've had about 551 reports of damage," said Saginaw County Board of Commissioners chairman Mike Hanley. He says in order to get money from the federal emergency management agency, certain guidelines must be met. "Statewide, it's got to be 582 homes, [totaling] $13 million minimum in damage," said Hanley.

Combined with the devastating flooding in the Grand Rapids area, Hanley thinks there's a good chance Michigan will meet the requirements needed for the governor to make a recommendation to the president for statewide aide. 

Hanley stresses if the federal money comes through, it will take a while to get to homeowners that need it, but that still gives Pache some peace of mind.

"Whatever I could get back would surely help me," said Pache.

There's a new number officials are asking flood victims to call to report damage.

That number is 989-790-5500. TV5 is told if no one answers, you can leave a message and your call will be returned.

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