(CBS DETROIT) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency for Branch, Hillsdale, and St. Joseph counties due to the impact of the severe thunderstorms and winds that occurred on Aug. 11 and 12.
“Thank you to the first responders and line-workers who have worked diligently to keep our residents safe and restore power to our communities,” said Whitmer. “We will continue to work closely with Branch, Hillsdale, and St. Joseph counties and provide needed resources to support recovery efforts.”READ MORE: Michigan TV Weatherman Out After Refusing To Get Vaccine
Declaring a state of emergency has made all state resources available in cooperation with local recovery efforts.READ MORE: MDOT Update: Ramp Closures On I-94, I-275 As Part Of Rebuilding I-275 Project
On August 13, Branch County declared a local state of emergency due to a severe thunderstorm that caused widespread or severe damage. St. Joseph County followed and declared a local state of emergency on Aug. 14, and Hillsdale County declared a local state of emergency on Aug. 16.
All three counties then requested a governor’s declaration, which means that local resources are insufficient to address the impact of the damage.MORE NEWS: Shifting Ground Prompts Utility To Shut Down Gas Main In Southwest Detroit
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