disaster http://michiganradio.org en Crews working to remove propane tanks from river http://michiganradio.org/post/crews-working-remove-propane-tanks-river <p>EVART, Mich. (AP) - State emergency officials say they are working to remove dozens of propane tanks floating in the Muskegon River as part of flood-recovery efforts in western Michigan.</p><p>State Emergency Operations Center spokesman Ron Leix said Saturday that more than 40 tanks have been retrieved by state and local crews working with propane safety experts on flat-bottom boats. He says floodwaters dislodged them from the residential properties along the river.</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:29:45 +0000 Associated Press 17288 at http://michiganradio.org Crews working to remove propane tanks from river President signs disaster declaration for 16 Michigan counties hard hit by spring floods http://michiganradio.org/post/president-signs-disaster-declaration-16-michigan-counties-hard-hit-spring-floods <p>President Obama has approved a disaster declaration for 16 Michigan counties hard hit by spring floods. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Heavy rains in April and May inundated communities across the state.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The president’s disaster declaration will help communities repair and rebuild roads, bridges and other public infrastructure damaged in the flooding. The disaster declaration does not include assistance for individuals or businesses.</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 23:55:14 +0000 Steve Carmody 13123 at http://michiganradio.org President signs disaster declaration for 16 Michigan counties hard hit by spring floods Michigan's governor asks for presidential disaster declaration for counties affected by spring flood http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-governor-asks-presidential-disaster-declaration-counties-affected-spring-flood <p>Gov. Snyder seeks a presidential disaster declaration for 16 Michigan counties hit hard by floods this spring.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Heavy rains in April and early May led to flooding in many parts of Michigan.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 19:55:52 +0000 Steve Carmody 12951 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's governor asks for presidential disaster declaration for counties affected by spring flood Michigan farmers waiting to plant their crops http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-farmers-waiting-plant-their-crops <p>The weather may seem perfect to a lot us right now.</p><p>But not so perfect for farmers, many of whom have yet to plant their spring crops.</p><p>Michigan has been enjoying beautiful sunny skies during the month of May, but the state’s farmers are still waiting for their fields to dry out from April’s heavy showers.</p><p>Fields are so soggy that only about 5% of Michigan’s corn crop has been planted.&nbsp; Compare that with 2012 when 42% of the crop at this time last year.</p><p>“I don’t think we’ve got a lot of nervousness right now,” says Ken Nye, with the Michigan Farm Bureau, “It does mean we’re ….going to compress this thing a little bit…and it does mean that we could be a little bit late before everything gets finishes up depending on the weather from here.”</p><p>Nye says by contrast Michigan’s fruit crops are doing well this year.&nbsp; Especially compared with 2012.&nbsp;&nbsp; More than 90% of Michigan’s tart cherry crop was lost after unusually warm weather in February led the trees to bloom early and more than a dozen freezes between March and May killed it. Tue, 07 May 2013 21:59:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12459 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan farmers waiting to plant their crops Preparing for the worst http://michiganradio.org/post/preparing-worst <p>State health officials are putting a 140 bed emergency field hospital&nbsp;to the test today&nbsp;just south of Lansing.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; They&#39;re preparing for the kind of medical needs that may follow a catastrophic natural or man-made disaster.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Never had a seizure before?&quot;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 18 May 2011 19:00:07 +0000 Steve Carmody 2554 at http://michiganradio.org Preparing for the worst