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    Whitmer requests disaster declarations in Macomb, Oakland counties


    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has requested a president disaster declaration for Oakland and Macomb counties following severe weather this summer.

    President Joe Biden has already issued similar declarations for Wayne and Washtenaw counties, but recent assessments in Oakland and Macomb prompted the governor to add them to the request.

    The disaster declaration would make it possible for home owners in Macomb and Oakland to apply for low-cost loans and grants to cover temporary housing or repairs. It was possible to request the declaration after a preliminary damage assessment was completed in those counties by local and federal officials.

    “A presidential declaration for these additional counties will unlock even greater resources to help residents who suffered loss of personal property and untold damage to their homes,” Whitmer said. 

    The governor also has requested assistance for state and local government response costs in Detroit and Ionia, Wayne and Washtenaw counties. 

    The damage in Oakland, Washtenaw, Wayne and Macomb occurred after heavy rainfall and flooding on June 25 and 26. Huron and Ionia counties fell victim to tornados around the same time.  Besides the late June weather, Whitmer in her letter detailed severe weather incidents July 7, 14, 16, 24 and 25 and Aug. 11 that have exacerbated issues. 

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