Governor Whitmer declares state of emergency for Newaygo County due to recent flooding

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Posted at 10:21 AM, Mar 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-19 13:15:59-04

Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency for Newaygo County due to widespread flooding.

The county requested state assistance to address the impacts of heavy rainfall and snowmelt.

“As Newaygo County continues to deal with the effects of severe flooding, we are doing all we can to ensure the health and safety of our residents,” Whitmer said. “By signing this declaration, the state can offer even more resources to assist the county’s efforts.”

“Our staff have been working closely with Newaygo County officials throughout this incident,” said Capt. Emmitt McGowan, deputy state director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “We will continue to partner with the county and make certain all needs are being met as the community recovers.”

On March 14, heavy rains and melting snow resulted in widespread flooding, which damaged homes, displaced residents and washed out roadways. The county formally requested assistance on March 15.