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Newaygo County Emergency Services
Thursday April 4th, 2019 :: 07:06 p.m. EDT


Flood disaster assistance resources for full time homeowners, renters and businesses. What you need to know.

On Thursday, March 14, 2019, 1 ½ to 2 inches of rainfall occurred over the area. Combined with the 4 – 6 inches of moisture contained within the snow pack that released all at once, widespread area flooding along with river flooding occurred. This event caused substantial damage across the County.
On Friday, March 15, 2019, the Newaygo County Board Chair declared a Local State of Emergency. On Saturday, March 16, 2019, the Board Chair requested a Governor’s office to declare a State of Emergency. This was approved on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. A Small Business Administration disaster survey was requested by the Governor’s Office on March 21, 2019. This was conducted on March 26 – 28, 2019. Based on data collected during the assessment, the Governor’s office then requested a Small Business Administration disaster declaration on April 3, 2019 which was approved on April 4, 2019.
This event impacted and caused damage to the following:

  • 105 homes along the Muskegon River
  • 22 homes around Martin Lake in Dayton Township
  • 53 homes across the county
  • 9 businesses in the City of Fremont
  • White Cloud – Sherman Twp Utilities Authority
  • 33 County roadways (Washouts)
  • 11 County culverts (failures)
  • Bridge Street Hill (aka Whiskey Wood Hill) in the City of Newaygo   
  • 3 Private dams on Penoyer Creek
The following roadways still remain closed:
  • 16 Mile Rd. between Osborn Ave. and Baldwin Ave.
  • 5 Mile Rd. between Maple Island and Dickinson
  • Ramshorn Dr. north of 32nd St. to the City Limits of Fremont
  • 32nd St. at Ramshorn Dr
  • 76th St. east off Cypress Ave.
  • Osborn Ave. between Baseline and 1 Mile Rd.
U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loans:
Newaygo County is located in an approved SBA declared disaster area, which opens up low-interest disaster recovery loans for homeowners, renters, and businesses to help repair or replace disaster damaged property. 
  • Under SBA, Renters and homeowners alike may borrow up to $40,000 to repair or replace clothing, furniture, cars or appliances damaged or destroyed in the disaster. Homeowners may apply for up to $200,000 to repair or replace their primary residence to its pre-disaster condition.
  • Businesses and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.
  • SBA loans may not be used to upgrade homes or make additions unless as required by local building authority/code. Loans may be increased up to 20 percent of the total amount of physical loss, as verified by SBA, to make improvements that lessen the risk of property damage by future disasters of the same kind.
  • Secondary homes or vacation properties are not eligible for these loans. However, qualified rental properties may be eligible for assistance under our business loan program.
  • Any proceeds from insurance coverage the property or home will be deducted from the total damage to the property to determine the loan amount they are eligible for. SBA is not permitted to duplicate any benefits.
  • Interest rates are as low as 4 percent for businesses, 2.75 percent for nonprofit organizations, and 2.063 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amount and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.
SBA’s Customer Service Representatives will be available at the Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about the loan program and help individuals complete their applications. The center is located at the Fremont City Recreation Center at 201 E Maple Street, in Fremont MI 49412. The Center will open starting Saturday, April 6, 2019.
Hours of Operation Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 10:00 am to 2:00 PM
  Sunday, April 7, 2019 CLOSED
  Monday, April 8 – Thursday, April 11, 2019 9am – 6pm
  Friday,  April 12, 2019 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Applicants may also apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at  
The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is June 3, 2019. The deadline to return economic injury applications is January 6, 2020.
Habitat for Humanity Re-Store:
Habitat for Humanity is offering a 10% off coupon for their Re-Store in Fremont. This discount is good through September 30, 2019 on any purchases up to $500.00. To be eligible, you must be identified in Newaygo County Emergency Services Flood Recovery Database. To verify if you are included or for more information, please contact the Newaygo County Emergency Services Department at 231-689-7354.    
 Department of Health and Humans Services:
Department of Health and Human Services has emergency funds available to assist towards repairs that could cause health related issues. To be eligible, you must meet limited assets and income requirements of DHHS. For more information, please visit:,5885,7-339-8319_9584---,00.html
True North Services:
The Center for Nonprofit Housing has a locally funded repair program. Repairs are limited to those necessary to correct health and safety concerns. They serve Newaygo County households that are below 150% of the FPL or 80% AMI. Their funds are very limited. For additional information, please contact Center for Nonprofit Housing at (231) 924-0641 extension 130.
The Newaygo County Emergency Services Departments has received funding from the Consumers Energy Foundation, Paulsen’s Heating and Cooling, and Habitat for Humanity to provide dumpsters to flooding victims. To be eligible, you must be identified in Newaygo County Emergency Services Flood Recovery Database. To verify if you are included or for more information, please contact the Newaygo County Emergency Services Department at 231-689-7354.   
Muck outs, Debris Removal, and Mold Remediation:
  • Southern Baptist, a Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) organization, was in Newaygo County from 03/25/2019 – 03/30/2019. Their organization contributed 447 volunteer hours and assisted with muck outs and mold remediation at 6 homes.
  • World Renew, a Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) organization, has been in Newaygo County since 03/25/2019 and continues to work on homes. To date, they have serviced 14 homes. They continue to working on 4 homes today and have 2 pending. They are providing muck outs, debris removal, and mold remediation. 
  • To be eligible, you must be identified in Newaygo County Emergency Services Flood Recovery Database. To verify if you are included or for more information, please contact the Newaygo County Emergency Services Department at 231-689-7354.   
Safety Inspections:
Homes and businesses which have been posted with a Certificate of Inspection will require additional safety inspections by the Building Inspector’s Office, Environmental Health Sanitarian, or State Inspector’s Office prior to being allowed to return. These initial inspections are free of charge and are for the safety of the homeowner and/or business.
  1. Electrical Inspection is required if more than 18” of water was on the first floor, water submerged the breaker box, or the electrical meter was submerged or damaged.
  2. Building Inspection is required if more than 18” of water was on the first floor for more than one day, foundation is cracked or shifted, home has major damaged or is destroyed.
  3. Mechanical Inspection is required if there is damage to the furnace, hot water heater, propane tank, or other utilities within the home that would impact the safety of the homeowner.  
If a permit needs to be filed to complete necessary work, ie. rewiring a flooded breaker box and all connecting electrical wires, the homeowner will be required to pay the permit fees. For additional information on safety inspections, please contact the Building Inspectors Office at 231-689-7216.
Well and Septic:
If your well has had standing water around it for more than one day, assume that it is contaminated (flood water may seep into the well around the casting). DO NOT use your well until it has been chlorinated, pumped and sampled. In addition, do not use the sewage system until water in the disposal field is lower that the water level around the house. If you suspect damage to your septic tank, have a professional inspect and service it. 
Please contact the District 10 Public Health Department at 689-7300 for information on:
  • How to set up a well inspection
  • Provide you with a list of well drillers in the area that can get your well chlorinated
  • Provide you with a list of septic service providers
  • Provide you with water testing kits
Watch for Scammers:  
  • Scammers tend to swarm to weather disasters to take advantage of otherwise careful consumers who have funds for repairs and want to act quickly to avoid further problems like mold or rot. Ignore door-to-door solicitors offering damage recovery or discounts with leftover supplies from another job. Approved VOAD organizations working for Newaygo County never solicit or accept money. If you have any concerns, please contact the Newaygo County Emergency Services Department at 231-689-7354 of the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office at 231-689-7303.   
FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
You do not have to live in a flood plain to get flood insurance. To be eligible, your township must participate in the program. In Newaygo County, the following communities participate, making homeowners in that area eligible to purchase Flood Insurance:
  • City of Fremont
  • City of White Cloud
  • Village of Hesperia
  • Ashland Township
  • Bridgeton Township
  • Brooks Township
  • Croton Township
  • Dayton Township
  • Ensley Township
  • Everett Township
  • Garfield Township
  • Lilley Township
  • Lincoln Township
  • Sheridan Township
  • Sherman Township
  • Wilcox Township
For additional information on the National Flood Insurance Program and how to purchase flood insurance, please visit the following websites:
 Continuing Information Will Be Released Via NIXLE
As the situation changes, additional information will be released by the Newaygo County Emergency Operations Center utilizing Nixle. Please visit or text NewaygoES to 888777 to register for alerts and view emergency information for where you live.


Newaygo County Emergency Services
E Newell St
White Cloud, MI 49349

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 231-689-7354

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