Lansing and Grand Rapids were declared 'disasters' yesterday by the office of Michigan's Governor. All of Ingham, Eaton and Ionia counties fell under the 'disaster' designation, too – as did fourteen other counties in Michigan. The declarations were made for those places hardest hit by heavy rains and melting snow last month (February 19-21st) and include grant offerings of up to $100,000 for reimbursement of local response costs.
Other affected include: Allegan, Arenac, Barry, Berrien, Cass, Clare, Kalamazoo, Kent, Mecosta, Newaygo, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Ottawa and St. Joseph counties.
“Thank you to our emergency responders and volunteer services for their painstaking efforts to keep Michiganders safe throughout this flooding incident,” Governor Rick Snyder said in the press release.
By declaring a state of disaster, Snyder has made available all state resources in cooperation with local response and recovery efforts in the disaster area.
The declaration authorizes the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) to coordinate state efforts above and beyond what MSP/EMHSD has already been doing in conjunction with local agencies.