Gov. Rick Snyder has declared Genesee, Midland and Saginaw Counties a "State of Disaster" due to the recent, widespread flooding.
16 other counties and 2 cities also received the designation.
This declaration means that "all possible resources" are made available to assist with the flooding cleanup.
â??Our first responders and volunteer organizations must be commended for their tireless efforts to protect the publicâ??s safety during this flooding. This declaration makes available all the state resources that are needed to continue supporting local officials in their ongoing work to keep the public safe as the recovery efforts begin,â?? Snyder said. â??We will be exploring all possible avenues for assistance to help affected residents and local governments recover from the severe flooding.â??
The governor has also asked FEMA to assess the situation and discuss the damage done to homes and infrastructure in the affected areas.
The state asks that all homeowners and businesses that were damaged by the flooding to have information available about the nature and extent of the damage done.
The other counties that were also given the designation are: Baraga, Barry, Benzie, Gogebic, Gratiot, Houghton, Ionia, Kent, Keweenaw, Marquette, Mecosta, Muskegon, Newaygo, Ontonagon, Osceola, and Ottawa.
Two cities, Grand Rapids and Ionia, were also given the designation.