Michigan – State of emergency for Mecosta County
Governor Whitmer declares a state of emergency for Mecosta County to help cover recovery costs from severe weather and flooding
LANSING – Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a state of emergency for Mecosta County to deal with the impacts of severe thunderstorms and flooding that caused extensive damage last month.
“This declaration of a state of emergency will ensure Michiganders in Big Rapids receive the resources and support they need to recover and rebuild after severe weather and flooding,” Governor Whitmer said. “Tough times call for tough people and the Michiganders have been through a lot together, especially in the past few years. But we will support each other and get through this together.
“The city is very grateful to Governor Whitmer for recognizing our needs and designating emergency state funding to address the aftermath of the flooding,” said Mark Gifford, City Manager for the City of Big Rapids. “The City of Big Rapids was submerged in floodwaters on May 11, 2022. This was the worst flooding the City of Big Rapids has seen in over 30 years, with approximately 4 inches of rain in less than 2 hours. This major weather event impacted the city’s infrastructure and put a strain on critical resources, particularly when several roads and culverts were damaged in and around historic downtown Big Rapids and parks. local.
“This is great news for the City of Big Rapids,” said Wendy Nystrom, Mecosta County Commissioner for the 6th District. “I thank Governor Whitmer for signing the declaration of emergency for the city. This will help defray the cost of repairing some of the damage that occurred during a severe storm that caused unusual flooding.
In declaring a state of emergency, Governor Whitmer made available all state resources in cooperation with local response and recovery efforts in the designated area. The statement authorizes the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) to coordinate state efforts beyond what MSP/EMHSD has already done. in collaboration with local agencies.
On May 11, a thunderstorm with heavy rain moved through the Big Rapids area. More than four inches of rain fell in two hours, causing flooding and damage to local roads. On May 12, Mecosta County declared a local state of emergency due to severe flooding.
The declaration of a local state of emergency by the county activates local emergency response and recovery plans. By requesting a statement from the governor, the county has determined that local resources are insufficient to deal with the situation and that state assistance is needed to protect health, safety and property in order to mitigate or d avoid the threat of a crisis.