A state of emergency has been declared in Genesee County following a storm that caused flooding in a number of areas.
Gov. Rick Snyder took the action Friday, which makes state resources available to address remaining threats to public health and safety due to storms and severe flooding on May 3 and May 4.
The declaration was requested by local officials and will ensure that all possible resources, in accordance with the Michigan Emergency Management Plan, are provided to assist local response efforts.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency will also join state and local officials beginning Monday to assess the extent of damage to homes and businesses in the most severely impacted areas in Genesee County.
According to a news release, the results of the Preliminary Damage Assessment will help the state determine whether any federal aid may be available to help affected residents and business owners in Genesee County.
"This declaration makes available all state resources that are needed to continue supporting local response efforts in ensuring our citizens remain safe," said Snyder. "The state is committed to making sure all avenues for possible assistance are looked into to help assist the residents of Genesee County recover from the severe flood damage."
During the assessment, the PDA teams will collect estimates of damages.
The PDA process is the initial step to assist state officials in determining whether a federal declaration should be requested.
To assist with the damage assessment process, affected residents and business owners are encouraged to have information available about the extent of their damage, including the location of flooding in living areas and the depth of floodwaters, as well as if the damage is covered by insurance. In the event individuals are not available when teams are in their area, residents are encouraged to provide information about their damage to a neighbor or leave information at the front door.
Snyder's emergency declaration authorizes the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division to coordinate and maximize all state efforts to address public health and safety concerns in Genesee County, as well as to coordinate with federal agencies to provide any available assistance to help with recovery efforts.
The MSP/EMHSD continues to work with local and federal officials to gather damage and cost information necessary to determine whether the area may be eligible for federal funds of any kind.
Stay with WNEM.com and TV5 as we learn more about the declaration as the recovery effort continues in Genesee County.
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