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10 Helpful Links For People Recovering From Metro Detroit Floods

By Detroit Free Press
McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

Aug. 15--Metro Detroit was walloped by as much as 6 inches of rain Monday night, which flooded roads, basements and neighborhoods throughout the region. At least one-third of homes in communities like Warren and Dearborn were damaged as the waters rose and many drivers around metro Detroit were forced to abandon their vehicles. Here's what to do if your home or car were damaged in the flooding and some ways to cope with the aftermath.

1. Flooded basement? Good luck making an insurance claim. Flood damage isn't covered by standard homeowners insurance policies. Click here for more details on the ins-and-outs of filing flood-related insurance claims.

2. Recovering from a flood? Click here for 10 steps to take in getting help and repairing the damage.

3. In the wake of the flooding, Michigan homeowners and drivers should tap into some tips from insurance professionals. Click here for tips on auto insurance, flooding and storm damage.

4. This may be the Motor City, but car con artists still will try to make some quick money off flood-damaged cars, state Attorney General Bill Schuette cautioned. Click here to for tips on how to protect yourself from purchasing a vehicle with hidden flood damage.

5. Watch out for cons now that people are starting to repair their storm-ravaged homes and businesses. Click here to learn how to avoid home-repair scams.

6. Freep.com hosted a live chat with a homeowners insurance analyst to answer your questions about filing claims and whether homeowners should invest in flood insurance. Click here to read the chat replay.

7. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's process for responding to disasters like this week's flooding in southeast Michigan can occur quickly. Click here to find out which type of FEMA aid you could qualify for.

8. As metro Detroiters pull sopping-wet family treasures from basements and stuff them into trash bags destined for the landfill, we mourn the loss of those things. Click here to read one Detroit Free Press staff writer's experience and get tips on how to deal with the loss.

9. Sometimes in a disaster, it's the small things that people do that really matter -- and remind you to be kind. Click here to share your story of how strangers and friends have shown you kindness after the recent flooding.

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10. How much rain fell during the great Detroit flood of 2014? Click here to see how much rain fell in your community.

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