President Obama signs disaster declaration after spring flooding

Communities in Saginaw and Midland counties affected by heavy flooding in April and May will get some federal help to rebuild roads and bridges and other public infrastructure.

President Obama signed the disaster declaration Gov. Snyder issued in May for 16 counties that experienced flooding between April 16 and May 14.

â??This presidential declaration is the first step in providing assistance to our state and local governments as they rebuild their roads, bridges and other public infrastructure. I appreciate the federal governmentâ??s recognition of the severity of this incident and its prompt response,â?? Snyder said.

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) and federal partners will hold applicant briefings across the state to help communities understand and start the application process.

The presidential declaration does not include assistance for individuals and businesses.