FEMA's Disaster Survivor Assistance staff will be in Macomb this week. Staff members will be available to register people impacted by the flood, which resulted in a federal disaster declaration.
Staff will be available from June 3-8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the McDonough County Health Department.
FEMA officials say signing up for assistance only takes a few minutes and they urge residents with any amount of damage to sign up for assistance. Officials say, in general, if you sustained damage to personal property and belongings flood water, you qualify for aid.
This does include flooding due to sewage back ups as well.
"It could be either from the home or any contents inside the home, structure damage, etc. We advise even with automobiles, medical dental, funeral, any type of that essential needs or things like that, so we do encourage applicants or disaster victims, to please come down.
Teresa Brewer was one of the Macomb residents applying for FEMA assistance today who sustained thousands of dollars worth of damage to her basement from sewage back up and says she's thankful FEMA has come to help residents out.
"There's a lot of people who had insurance but we didn't have the right kind of insurance, for like sewage back up, which everybody on my block had major sewage and with them coming in and helping it's taking a great relief off of financial predicaments that we all have these days," Brewer said.
After an inspector comes to the home to assess damage, residents could receive money in as soon as a week.
People affected can also call 1-800-621-3362 or go to www.disasterassistance.gov to register.
When you apply for disaster assistance you are asked to have the following with you: