Governor Rick Snyder on Monday made disaster declarations for Grand Rapids and Lansing as well as 17 Michigan counties after being hit hard by recent flooding from heavy rain and melting snow.
Governor Snyder issued this statement:
“Protecting the public health and safety of our residents is our top priority. This disaster declaration will provide state assistance to help our communities continue their recovery.”
That assistance will come through the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund, where local governments in the declared counties can apply for grants to receive reimbursement for response costs up to $100,000, or 10 percent of their previous year’s operating budget, whichever is less.
The state police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division is coordinating damage recovery efforts and working with local emergency management agencies in the areas affected by the flooding.
The seventeen counties that were declared disasters included Kent, Allegan, Ottawa and Kalamazoo.