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Gov. Snyder Declares Disaster For 2 Upper Michigan Counties

National Guard to assist with flood response

June 18, 2018 - 5:07 pm
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LANSING (WWJ) - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has declared a state of disaster for Houghton and Menominee counties in the Upper Peninsula after severe weather and heavy rainfall struck -- causing widespread flooding damage. 

The declaration of disaster will allow for National Guard deployment in these counties to assist with road repairs in the affected areas.

“I appreciate the dedication of our state and local emergency response teams and volunteers who have been working diligently to protect the public health and safety of our residents affected by this severe flooding,” Snyder said, in a media release.  “This declaration will ensure additional state resources are available so that damages can be repaired as quickly as possible.”

The Associated Press reported Monday that widespread flooding in the Upper Midwest was blamed for at least one death in Wisconsin, while officials in northern Michigan were assessing damage from flash-flooding that washed out roads, damaged businesses and caused dozens of sinkholes.

[Death, Washed-Out Roads Amid Flooding In Upper Midwest]

In parts of the UP, where up to 7 inches of rain was reported, water washed up large chunks of concrete and asphalt, littering roads with debris and making them impassible. Communities within Houghton and Menominee counties have been severely affected by flooding, impacting hundreds of homes, businesses and public facilities and infrastructure. Public health and safety is a concern due to damaged structures and debris, contaminated flood water, increased emergency vehicle response times caused by road and bridge closures, and loss of electric power and utility services.

Both counties declared a “local state of emergency” on June 17, activating local emergency response and recovery plans. By requesting a governor’s declaration, these counties and their communities have determined local resources are insufficient to address the situation and state assistance is required to protect public health, safety and property to lessen or avert the threat of a crisis.

“My staff and I have been actively engaged with our local emergency management partners in the counties impacted by the severe storms and flooding,” said Insp. Chris Bush, assistant deputy state director of emergency management and homeland security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “We will continue to work closely with our communities to make sure they receive the resources needed to recover from this incident.”

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