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Webinar to address permits needed for recovery projects after flooding from dam failures

July 10, 2020

FEMA to discuss impact of Major Disaster Declaration approval

As mid-Michigan residents and businesses rebuild after the May dam failures and flooding, the ad hoc Michigan High Water Action Team has scheduled a Wednesday, July 15, webinar to explain when state or local permits are required for recovery projects.

Staff from the Bay City District Office of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) as well as local officials will provide a basic overview of state environmental and local building regulations.

Also participating will be a representative from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to talk about the recent approval of a Major Disaster Declaration and what that means for those affected by the flooding.

The Permitting Considerations for Recovery Projects after the Mid-Michigan Floods webinar will be online from 6-7:30 p.m. To attend the webinar you can register ahead of time or sign on just before it begins. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about how to join the meeting. You can also use a phone to listen to the webinar by calling (213) 929-4212 and using access code 810-968-918. Those accessing the webinar by phone will not be able to ask questions due to technological limitations.

More information on permitting and a link to the MiWaters permit portal can be found at

Wednesday’s webinar will not address the ongoing investigations into the causes behind the dam failures or the still undecided long-term plans for the failed dams and drained lakes.

A recording of the July 8 webinar – Information and Resources for Residents Recovering from the Mid-Michigan Floods – has been posted to EGLE’s YouTube channel.

The multi-agency Michigan High Water Action Team was one of the outcomes of the Michigan High Water Coordinating Summit in February, which brought together state, federal and local officials, as well as representatives from tribal governments and groups that represent local units of government. Along with organizing town halls, the team will also collaborate to identify available assets that can be marshalled in response to high water incidents and coordinate communications across agencies and governments to ensure residents receive information in a timely, accurate and consistent fashion.

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