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Gov. Whitmer adds Iosco County to state of emergency for mid-Michigan counties

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Posted at 9:01 PM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 05:58:27-04

LANSING (WXYZ) —

Following catastophic flood damage in several mid-Michigan counties due to days of raining and the collapse of two dams, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is adding another county to the state of emergency she declared last week.

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Iosco joins Midland, Gladwin, Arenac and Saginaw counties in the state of emergency.

“This flooding has caused devastating damage for thousands of residents in impacted areas,” said Governor Whitmer. “I have declared an emergency to provide much needed assistance and have added Iosco county to the emergency declaration to ensure access to critical resources. I want to thank emergency responders in the region for helping to evacuate residents. Let’s all stay safe, and take care of each other.”

On May 21, FEMA OK'd Gov. Whitmer's request for federal aid to assist in the recovery efforts for mid-Michigan counties impacted by the disaster.

This initial approval is limited to certain direct assistance from federal agencies to deal with immediate challenges, but could be expanded as the state and FEMA completes the damage assessment, a statement from the governor's office said.

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