State Assisting with Flood Recovery Efforts

Contact: Ron Leix, MSP/EMHSD Public Information Officer, 517-336-6464
Agency: State Police

SEOC News Release No. 4 – April 19, 2014                                                       

LANSING – The state of Michigan is working along with local officials in Newaygo and Osceola counties to ensure the health and safety of citizens after severe storms and widespread flooding affected local communities from April 12 to present.

“The state is here to help,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD). “Newaygo and Osceola counties have seen considerable damage due to the flooding. We are actively working with local emergency responders and volunteer organizations to assist with the recovery efforts.”

Due to health and safety concerns, Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers are working with Osceola County emergency responders and propane safety experts to collect propane tanks floating in the Muskegon River. More than 40 tanks have been retrieved from the river.

Other services provided by the state of Michigan:

  • The MSP provided aviation support in both counties for damage assessment.
  • The Michigan Department of Transportation provided barricades and road closure signs for the 85th Avenue bridge in Evart.
  • On Monday, three inspectors from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs will be in Osceola County to assist with local building, electrical and mechanical inspections so electricity can be restored to homes and businesses.


Service Centers Opening Next Week

The Department of Human Services (DHS), American Red Cross, Salvation Army and other agencies will be opening service centers in both counties next week.  These centers will be a central location where citizens impacted by the flooding can obtain information and receive resources to assist them in getting back to normal quickly and safely.

Although times, dates and locations of the service centers have yet to be established, the DHS is expediting services to citizens in the disaster areas.


About the Flooding

Gov. Rick Snyder declared Thursday a "state of disaster" for Newaygo and Osceola counties due to the severe weather and widespread flooding. By declaring a "state of disaster," the state of Michigan has made available all state resources in cooperation with local response and recovery efforts in the disaster area as outlined in the Michigan Emergency Management Plan.

Gladwin, Lake, Mecosta, Midland, Missaukee, Newaygo, Osceola, Roscommon and Wexford counties have declared a “local state of emergency” due to the severe weather and flooding. A local declaration enables a community to implement emergency operation plans, administrate local aid and assistance and issue directives.

The governor’s declaration authorizes the MSP/EMHSD to coordinate state response and recovery efforts.


The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is the emergency operations center for the state of Michigan. Located in Lansing, the SEOC is overseen by the MSP/EMHSD and coordinates response and recovery efforts by state agencies and local government.  The SEOC is staffed by members of state agencies for decision making and information coordination during disasters or emergencies in the state of Michigan.