Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 8, 2021
Governor Whitmer Adds Huron, Ionia and Washtenaw Counties to Emergency Declaration Due to Severe Weather and Flooding
LANSING, Mich. - Governor Gretchen Whitmer today amended a recent state of emergency declaration to include Huron and Ionia counties due to tornado damage, and Washtenaw County due to widespread flooding.
Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency for Wayne County on June 26 after heavy rainfall caused severe flooding, damaging infrastructure and private property. Huron, Ionia and Washtenaw counties were added to the emergency declaration following the completion of local damage assessments.
"The residents of these three counties have suffered significant hardship due to the recent severe weather," said Governor Whitmer. "Adding the counties to the declaration commits available state resources to help the communities as they rebuild and recover."
By declaring a state of emergency, 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.
The declaration authorizes the MSP/EMHSD to coordinate state efforts above and beyond what MSP/EMHSD has already been doing in conjunction with local agencies.
All three added 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 an emergency.