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President Trump approves emergency aid to Michigan for Midland County flooding

Posted at 5:11 PM, May 21, 2020

MIDLAND, Mich. (WXYZ) — Hours after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting emergency aid for Midland County following catastrophic floods, the president approved that request.

Trump announced an emergency declaration for the mid-Michigan region, allowing federal assistance to supplement state and local response efforts to the devastating flood damage after the breach of the Edenville and Sanford dams.

This move allows the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts for Midland County, a statement from the White House said.

In Gov. Whitmer's initial request, the aid she sought for Midland County would include, but would not just be limited to: debris removal, mobile bridges to ensure access for emergency response vehicles and equipment to flooded areas, emergency medical responders from the National Guard, and technical assistance and sandbags from the US Army Corps of Engineers.