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WHEREAS, Section 1 of Article V of the Michigan Constitution of 1963 vests the executive power of the State of Michigan in the Governor;

WHEREAS, under the Emergency Management Act, 1976 PA 390, MCL 30.401 to 30.402, the Governor is responsible for coping with dangers to this state or the people of this state presented by a disaster or emergency and may issue executive orders, proclamations, and directives having the force and effect of law to implement the Act;

WHEREAS, under Section 3 of the Emergency Management Act, 1976 PA 390, MCL 30.403, the Governor shall, by executive order or proclamation, declare a state of emergency if the Governor finds that an emergency has occurred or that the threat of an emergency exists;

WHEREAS, on July 17, 2006, a series of severe thunderstorms passed through Oscoda County, Michigan, dropping between three and five inches of rain in two hours;

WHEREAS, the excessive rainfall seriously damaged three primary county roads located within the townships of Elmer and Big Creek, requiring that they be closed to traffic;

WHEREAS, Oscoda County lacks the financial resources to rapidly repair and re-open the roads so that emergency vehicles can have ready access to the affected areas;

WHEREAS, state assistance is needed to supplement local efforts and capabilities to save lives, protect property and the public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in Oscoda County;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JENNIFER M. GRANHOLM, Governor of the State of Michigan, by virtue of the power and authority vested in the Governor by the Michigan Constitution of 1963 and Michigan law, order:

1. A State of Emergency is declared in Oscoda County.

2. Consistent with the Michigan Emergency Plan, the Director of the Department of State Police, or his or her designee within the Department of State Police, shall coordinate and maximize all state efforts to assist political subdivisions and officials in Oscoda County and may call upon all state departments and agencies to utilize available resources, including, but not limited to, supplies, equipment, materials, or facilities, to assist with response to the State of Emergency.

3. The State of Emergency is terminated at such time as emergency conditions no longer exist and appropriate programs have been implemented to recover from the effects of the emergency conditions, but in no case longer than August 25, 2006.

This Order is effective upon filing.

Given under my hand and the Great Seal of the State of Michigan this 28th day of July, in the year of our Lord, two thousand and six.