Even though there was a state of emergency declared by Gov. Snyder, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said no to Michigan's request for major disaster assistance in Genesee County.  At least 1,700 homes were damaged in the five inches of rain that fell in early May.

According to FEMA administrator, W. Craig Fugate,

Based on our review of all the information available it has been determined that the damage to dwellings from this event was not of such severity and magnitude as to be beyond the capabilities of the state, affected local governments and voluntary agencies,

County Board of Commissioners Chairman Jamie Curtis feels that the damage was severe enough to appeal FEMA's decision...

Government's first response is usually (to say) no," Curtis said. "I think on the merits, (this) deserves an appeal.

To read more on FEMA aid in Genesee County, visit mlive here.

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