MDOT Submits Request for Federal Aid to Repair Damaged Roads Caused by Flooding

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

June 29, 2017

The Michigan Department of Transportation submitted a notice of intent to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on June 26 requesting emergency relief funds to repair flood-damaged roads in Mid-Michigan.

If granted, the funds would be used to repair federally funded state and local roads in the counties that declared a “state of disaster” by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. Numerous roads were heavily damaged by extreme runoff and flooding following intense rain on June 22-23.

Damage estimates to roads in these counties are being gathered at this time. FHWA will determine eligibility for federal relief funds following a review of the estimates. 

The Michigan State Police and MDOT remind motorists to continue to follow all warnings about water on roadways. Do not drive vehicles or heavy equipment through water and do not drive around or move barricades. Flooding can weaken roads or cause them to wash out entirely, making driving through flooded areas dangerous.

About the Disaster

Lt. Gov. Calley declared a “state of disaster” for Isabella and Midland counties on June 23. On June 28, Gov. Rick Snyder instructed the Michigan State Police (MSP) to amend a recent “state of disaster” declaration to include two additional counties in mid-Michigan after severe weather and intense rain struck the counties resulting in widespread flooding damage. Along with Isabella and Midland counties, the amended disaster declaration now includes Bay and Gladwin counties. 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. Calley’s declaration authorizes the MSP/EMHSD to coordinate state efforts.

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.