Snyder declares disaster after Michigan flooding

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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 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.

Snyder's declaration affects Grand Rapids, Ionia and 19 counties across Michigan.

The flooding closed a 20-mile stretch of highway in the Upper Peninsula. The Grand Rapids River uncomfortably close to breaching its flood walls and causing disastrous flooding in Grand Rapids.

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