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Whitmer will request major disaster declaration for mid-Michigan flooding areas

Posted at 10:39 AM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 18:12:01-04

(WXYZ) — Governor Gretchen Whitmer provied an update on the state's response to the historic mid-Michigan flooding.

The governor spoke at Meridian Elementary School in Sanford.

She said that within the week, she will send a letter asking the federal government for a major disaster declaration.

After her update, Whitmer volunteered at the flood relief donation distribution center.

Whitmer announced a state of emergency in Michigan on Tuesday, May 19, as two dams breached following days of record rain in the region.

Hours after Whitmer sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting emergency aid for Midland County following catastrophic floods, the president approved that request.

The funding makes it possible for FEMA to provide needed equipment and resources as needed. This emergency assistance will be provided at 75 percent federal funding.