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Senators ask Whitmer to declare state of emergency for shoreline erosion

Posted at 4:23 PM, Dec 10, 2019

LANSING, Mich. — A group of Michigan Senate Republicans are urging Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to declare a state of emergency for the entirety of Lake Michigan’s shoreline due to erosion.

State Sens. Roger Victory, Kim LaSata, Aric Nesbitt, Jon Bumstead, Curtis Vanderwall and Wayne Schmidt sent a letter to Whitmer Tuesday regarding the damage erosion has caused to properties on the shoreline.

The letter says a state of emergency would open state resources to address the impact of erosion and allow Michigan to ask the federal government to do the same.

“While the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy has been helpful in speeding up the permitting process and reducing some regulatory hurdles to address potential future impacts, much of the damage has already been done, and our constituents are now left to literally pick up the pieces of what was once their homes, businesses and infrastructure,” the letter says.