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Federal Support For Polar Vortex Damage Rejected

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A tractor removes snow along Woodward Avenue as the area deals with record breaking freezing weather January 6, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Credit: Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

A tractor removes snow along Woodward Avenue as the area deals with record breaking freezing weather January 6, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Credit: Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

MARQUETTE (AP) — Michigan officials say northern communities dealing with damage caused by last winter’s extreme cold aren’t eligible for federal support through a presidential disaster declaration.

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division said Friday the Federal Emergency Management Agency conducted damage assessments. It found that $10.1 million in submitted damages were eligible toward the $13.7 million statewide threshold that’s necessary before a presidential disaster declaration can be made.

State officials say they are exploring alternatives to help communities recover and rebuild.

More than $6 million in Community Development Block Grants were approved by the state this week for counties to repair damaged water and sewer mains, roads and other infrastructure.

Gov. Rick Snyder declared states of emergency or disaster Marquette County and several others last spring.

 

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