State of disaster declared for Houghton, Menominee Counties

M-26 north of Dollar Bay. (Photo Courtesy: MDOT)

HOUGHTON COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Governor Snyder has declared a state of disaster for Houghton and Menominee Counties.

Both counties suffered flooding damage after severe weather and heavy rainfall struck the area over the weekend.

The declaration of disaster will now allow the National Guard to be deployed 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. “This declaration will ensure additional state resources are available so that damages can be repaired as quickly as possible.”

By declaring a “state of disaster,” the state of Michigan makes available all state resources in cooperation with local response and recovery efforts in the disaster area as outlined in the Michigan Emergency Management Plan.

Hundreds of homes, businesses and public facilities and infrastructure have been severely affected by the flooding.

Snyder said 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.

“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.”

A "local state of emergency" was declared for both counties on Sunday.

A specific website for this disaster has been created and can be accessed here.

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