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Storm State of Emergency to assist public, not individuals

On Monday, Aug. 2, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a state of emergency in response to the cities’ requests for state assistance to address damage caused by the severe storm in early July. This is public funding, the state is not offering individual assistance. 

LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today declared a state of emergency for the cities of Farmington, Farmington Hills and Southfield in response to the cities’ requests for state assistance to address damage caused by severe thunderstorms and high winds that struck the area in early July. 
“I want to thank the emergency workers and others who worked tirelessly throughout the storm and the following days to keep the residents safe,” said Governor Whitmer. “This declaration will ensure needed resources are available to these communities as they continue to recover from the flooding and power outages cause by the July 7th storm.” 
By declaring a state of emergency, Governor Whitmer has made available all state resources in cooperation with local response and recovery efforts in the designated area. The declaration authorizes the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) to coordinate state efforts above and beyond what MSP/EMHSD has provided in conjunction with local agencies. 
On July 7, 2021, an intense line of thunderstorms with high winds struck the southwest area of Oakland County and traveled through southern Macomb County. The cities of Farmington, Farmington Hills, and Southfield sustained flooding and a large number of downed trees and electrical lines across homes, businesses, and roadways, resulting in extensive power outages, blocked roadways, and damage to public and private property and infrastructure. 
In response, on July 8 and 9, 2021, the cities of Farmington, Farmington Hills, and Southfield each declared local states of emergency, and local disaster response and recovery operations were activated. By requesting a governor’s declaration, the cities have determined local resources are insufficient to address the situation. Governor Whitmer’s declaration concludes that state assistance is required to protect health, safety and property and to lessen or avert the threat of more severe and lasting harm. 




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