President Trump signs federal emergency declaration to aid Midland County flood response

Gov. Whitmer issued request on Wednesday

Historic flooding has caused severe damage in Midland County, Michigan this week.

DETROIT – President Trump has approved a request for federal aid in response to historic flooding in Midland County.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer sent a letter to President Trump late Wednesday, requesting the declaration. Trump approved the request on Thursday afternoon.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures, limited to direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent Federal funding.

“Over the past two days, a major rainfall event in mid-Michigan led to the failure of two dams and severe flooding in affected areas. Thousands of people were forced to evacuate as water surged into their streets, homes, and businesses in the county of Midland,” said Gov. Whitmer. The governor then called on President Trump to declare an emergency for Midland County on an expedited basis.

Mobile command post helps coordinate flooding response.

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On May 19, Governor Whitmer declared a State of Emergency in Midland County.

“Despite our efforts, local and state resources have been insufficient to respond to the situation. The availability of equipment and personnel is further limited due to the ongoing effects and response requirements of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.” Gov. Whitmer continued. “Therefore, additional federal assistance is required to protect public health, safety, and property, and to lessen or avert the threat of more severe and persisting impacts to the community.”

Aid the state is requesting includes but is not 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.

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