'A floodier future': Scientists say records will be broken

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2018, file photo, a cyclist rides past an area flooded during a King Tide, an especially high tide, in Miami. Federal scientists, according to a report released Wednesday, July 10, 2019, predict 40 places in the U.S. will experience higher than normal rates of so-called sunny day flooding this year due to rising sea levels and an abnormal El Nino weather system.

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Five Michigan counties have been declared federal disaster areas because of losses from heavy rains and high winds in the past year.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue approved Antrim, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau and Otsego counties for the designation.

It offers emergency loans to help with recovery needs such as replacing equipment or livestock, reorganizing a farming operation or refinancing debts.

Also eligible to seek assistance are producers in counties that are contiguous to those named as disaster areas. They include Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford, Manistee, Missaukee, Montmorency, Oscoda, Roscommon and Wexford.

The application deadline is Feb. 25, 2020.

The U.S. Farm Service Agency will review the applications based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.

More information is available online .

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