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Warren mayor fights for federal help after 18,000 houses hit by flood damage

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WARREN, Mich. (WJBK) - One of the areas hardest hit by Monday's flood is Warren, where Mayor Jim Fouts is fighting to get federal funding for the roughly 18,000 homes damaged.

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts and the city's assessing department have put a dollar amount on this week's flood damages in the city of Warren.

"Based upon  storm damage, we have more than 18,000 homes and structures that have some degree of storm damage," Mayor Jim Fouts said. "And that translates into a total value of $1.2 billion. That doesn't mean that there's $1.2 billion in damages, it means of those structures worth (that much)  a certain percentage  is a result of the storm damage."

Fouts says roughly one-third of the city has experienced storm damage.

Residents like Melissa Thorsby.

"We lost so much stuff, our lives were down there," she said.

As Fouts continues his quest for federal funding, residents hope the aid comes soon so they can replace what they lost.

"I hope and pray that he does," Thorsby said. "There are so many of us that didn't have insurance our things aren't insured. There is a lot of people that don't have the funds to replace these items."

Fouts believes federal assistance should not be questioned

"Isn't it time that if we can aid flood victims in other countries," he said. "We can help citizens in our own country."

An emergency hotline has been set up for those in need of help with flooded basements: (586) 574-4526.   

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