President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration For Mid-Michigan Counties Affected By Historic Floods

President Trump made the approval at the request of a Michigan congressman

WWJ News
July 10, 2020 - 8:48 am

(WWJ) Relief is on the way for thousands of families affected by the historic May floods in mid-Michigan.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration for Midland, Gladwin and Iosco Counties was approved by President Donald Thursday night.

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This will provide $43 million in federal funds to help residents and businesses with recovery efforts. The money will come from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), Small Business Administration (SBA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Rural Development.

“Seeing the people and businesses of these communities pull together to help one another after this 500-year flooding event continues to inspire me,” Whitmer said in the press release. “The devastation of this disaster touched thousands of Michigan families and businesses and this federal declaration is an important step in our efforts to continue to provide assistance as they recover and rebuild.”

Whitmer declared a state of emergency in Gladwin and Midland County on May 19; and Iosco County on May 27. 

In a tweet, Mr. Trump said he approved the major disaster declaration at the request of Representative John Moolenaar. The Republican congressman represents the 4th District, which contains two of the three aforementioned counties.

The President promised to “always stand with Michigan.”

The flooding on May 19 left downtown Midland under up to 9 feet of water. Thousands of families were forced to evacuate when the Edenville and Sanford dams broke following days of heavy rains.

The National Weather Service deemed it a “life-threatening situation.”

Whitmer requested the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) launch an investigation into the failure of the dams.