Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 15, 2021
President Biden Approves Governor Whitmer's Request for Disaster Declaration for Wayne, Washtenaw Counties Following Record Flooding
LANSING, Mich. - Governor Whitmer issued the following statement after President Biden issued a disaster declaration allowing individual assistance for Wayne and Washtenaw counties as a result of the heavy rainfall and flooding that occurred in late June. The declaration comes after Governor Whitmer sent a letter to President Biden on July 13 requesting that he declare an emergency disaster for the state of Michigan.
"President Biden's declaration opens up critical resources to help Michigan residents recover from this disaster," said Governor Whitmer. "The flooding on June 25-26 had devastating impacts on Wayne and Washtenaw County residents who suffered damage to their homes, loss of personal property, and faced unimaginable stress. With the resources we will receive thanks to President Biden's leadership, we will put Michiganders first and help our communities recover and rebuild."
On June 25 and 26, heavy rainfall caused widespread flooding in Wayne and Washtenaw Counties, damaging infrastructure and private property. On June 26, Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency for Wayne County. On July 8, Governor Whitmer added Washtenaw County to the state of emergency declaration. By declaring a state of emergency, Whitmer made available all state resources in cooperation with local response and recovery efforts in the designated area. On July 13, Governor Whitmer sent a letter to President Biden requesting that he declares an emergency disaster for the state of Michigan.