Gov. Snyder declares state of disaster in flood affected counties

Gov. Rick Snyder has declared a state of disaster in 19 Michigan counties after flooding displaced families and harmed homes in April.

Gov. Rick Snyder has declared a state of disaster in 19 counties and two cities that dealt with recent flooding.

Tuesday's declaration ensures state resources are available to help with recovery efforts.

Snyder's declaration affects Grand Rapids as well as Benzie, Marquette, Mecosta and Osceola counties in northern Michigan.

"Our first responders and volunteer organizations must be commended for their tireless efforts to protect the public's safety during this flooding," Snyder said. "We will be exploring all possible avenues for assistance to help affected residents and local governments recover from the severe flooding."

Snyder says he has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to join state and local officials later this week to assess the damage to home, businesses and infrastructure.

The assessment is an initial step to help the state in determining whether to ask for federal assistance.

The flooding lasted from April 9 through late last week.