Gov. Rick Snyder today declared a state of disaster for 19 counties and two cities in the West Michigan area to support efforts to respond to the severe flooding that occurred during the past month.
The declaration will ensure that all possible resources, in accordance with the Michigan Emergency Management Plan, are provided to assist the local response to the flooding, The governor has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to join state and local officials later this week to assess the extent of damage to homes, businesses, public facilities and infrastructure.
Many of the legislators who represent the flooded West Michigan communities joined together today to praise the governor’s decision and welcome additional help to the affected areas.
State Rep. Tom Hooker, R-Byron Center, said: “The damage has been devastating in our local communities, especially in Wyoming and Byron Center. We are thankful that Gov. Snyder declared a state of disaster in Kent County so we can get federal funds to help our people out with low interest funds and repairs.”
State Rep. Mike Callton, R-Nashville, said: “The flooding in Barry and Ionia counties was a destructive act of nature and I appreciate the governor taking action so that we can get these neighborhoods put back together. I want to ensure people have the resources they need as we work to rebuild.”
State Rep. Rob VerHeulen, R-Walker, said: “I have talked with many local residents who have been affected by this flooding. Their homes are damaged, their spirit is damaged. I am grateful to the governor for declaring a state of disaster so that we can move forward with numerous resources available to help.”
State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons, R-Alto, said: “”The recent flooding has wreaked havoc in Kent County, and I applaud Gov. Snyder for recognizing how vital his declaration and its potential state and federal funding are to our recovery. Kent County has demonstrated once again what it means to come together in the face of adversity. The commitment of our neighbors to respond with action during this time is exactly why our community is a vibrant, thriving area.”
State Rep. Bob Genetski, R-Saugatuck, said: “I’m grateful to the Snyder administration for its swift response to the damage caused by the high water and flooding throughout Southwest Michigan.”
State Rep. Roger Victory, R-Hudsonville, said: “Gov. Snyder has shown incredible leadership during this very difficult time for West Michigan. I’d also like to thank all of the communities and volunteers that have put in a tremendous amount of effort to help protect the safety of all citizens that have been affected by this flooding.”
State Rep. Peter MacGregor, R-Cannon Twp., said: “After driving around my district during the worst days of the flooding, there is no doubt this assistance is desperately needed. I am hopeful this will help all those affected get back to a sense of normalcy.”