State of disaster declared in 17 Michigan counties

Mar 13, 2018

A stretch of Lindbergh Drive in Lansing was completely submerged in flood water from the Red Cedar River after heavy rains and melting snow in late February.
Credit Bryce Huffman / Michigan Radio

Gov. Rick Snyder has declared a state of disaster for 17 counties and two cities hit hard by recent flooding from heavy rain and melting snow. He also opened the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund to local governments in those areas. 

The disaster declarations were made for the following: Allegan, Arenac, Barry, Berrien, Cass, Clare, Eaton, Ingham, Ionia, Kalamazoo, Kent, Mecosta, Newaygo, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Ottawa and St. Joseph counties, as well as the cities of Grand Rapids and Lansing.

Under the disaster declaration, Michigan State Police’s Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division is authorized to coordinate state efforts in the areas affected by the flooding.

Local governments in the declared counties can apply for grants from the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund. It allows them to receive reimbursement for response costs up to $100,000, or 10 percent of their previous year’s operating budget, whichever is less.