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Michigan governor declares ‘state of disaster’ for two counties

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder declared a “state of disaster” Monday for Houghton and Menominee counties after flash floods led to widespread destruction.The state of disaster allows the governor to deploy the National Guard to assist with rescue efforts and road repairs in affected counties. Although both counties declared their own state of emergency on Sunday, the governor’s declaration recognizes that local resources will be insufficient to address the flooding.The flooding began on Sunday, with up to 7 inches of rain that hit Houghton and Menominee counties hardest. Although flood warnings for the two counties have been lifted and no further rain is expected, a flood warning for the Sturgeon River in Houghton county is predicted to remain in effect until Tuesday evening.At least 60 sinkholes have been reported in the Keweenaw Peninsula, as well as widespread flood damage. The National Weather Service described the damage as “historic” and homes and buildings across the Upper Peninsula have been flooded. Dozens of roads were washed out.Michigan State Police have created a webpage for the disaster. Updates and resources will be posted there.In a statement, Snyder said, “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. This declaration will ensure additional state resources are available so that damages can be repaired as quickly as possible.”

 

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