Gov. Snyder Adds Bay and Gladwin Counties to Disaster Declaration Due to Flooding

Contact: State Emergency Operations Center Public Information Officer, 517-284-3882

June 28, 2017

Gov. Rick Snyder today instructed the Michigan State Police (MSP) to amend a recent “state of disaster” declaration to include two additional counties in mid-Michigan after heavy rains caused widespread flooding last week.

Along with Isabella and Midland counties, the amended disaster declaration now includes Bay and Gladwin counties.

“The residents of these four counties have experienced significant hardship in the past week,” Snyder said. “By committing the full resources of the state to assist the local health and safety agencies, we are devoted to protection of all residents and quickly rebuilding affected infrastructure. I want to thank the Michigan State Police, local emergency management services and local officials for the work they have been doing to assist residents with recovery."

Both Bay and Gladwin counties declared a “local state of emergency,” activating local emergency response and recovery plans. By requesting a governor’s declaration, these counties and their communities have determined local resources are insufficient to address the situation and state assistance is required to protect public health, safety and property to lessen or avert the threat of a crisis.

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

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley declared a “state of disaster” for Isabella and Midland counties on June 23 due to severe weather and widespread flooding, making available state aid and assistance to communities in the disaster area.

The public is encouraged to monitor local media for up-to-date weather reports and emergency information. For updated information and additional safety tips, follow the MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS or visit www.michigan.gov/miready.