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June 18, 2008 - State Agencies Provide Assistance to Storm Damaged Areas

Contact: F/Lt. Harold Love, EMHSD, 517-333-5038

In response to the state of emergencies declared on June 13, several state agencies are providing assistance to the local jurisdictions that suffered storm damage.  Assisting state agencies include the Michigan State Police (MSP), Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) and Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA).

On June 13, Governor Granholm declared a state of emergency in the cities of Lansing and Saginaw and the counties of Allegan, Eaton and Mason, authorizing the MSP Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division to coordinate state efforts to preserve and acquire state resources to assist with immediate threats to public health and safety in those jurisdictions.

State assistance provided thus far includes:

·         MSP troopers provided direct law enforcement assistance to the Mason County Sheriff's Department from June 13 - 16 to assist with public safety and access control.  This law enforcement team consisted of 18 personnel including troopers, sergeants and command staff.  The MSP Aviation Unit was also utilized to conduct aerial damage assessments over northwest lower Michigan and the Lansing area. 
·         MDOT personnel worked with the Mason County Road Commission to barricade washed-out roads during the weekend.  The MDOT has also provided six dump trucks and operators to assist with road repair in Mason County.  The US-31 rebuilding project has been completed and the roadway is open to traffic. 
·         A team of six soldiers from the Michigan National Guard began assisting with clearing debris from public roadways or areas that pose a threat to the public in the City of Lansing on June 16 and will continue until Friday, June 20.   
·         A 30-person work crew from the DNR with chainsaws, trucks, front-end loaders and chippers began assisting the City of Saginaw with tree and brush removal from public roadways or areas that pose a threat to the public on June 17.  The assignment is expected to last seven days.
·         The MDOT provided a six-person crew and equipment to assist the Eaton County Road Commission with damage assessment of washed-out roadways and culverts and other road repair. 
·         DEQ dam safety staff inspected the Hamlin Lake dam in Mason County and found it to be structurally sound.  Local officials, in conjunction with the DEQ and DNR, continue to monitor the dam.    
·         Three work crews from the DOC began assisting with debris clean up from public roadways or areas that pose a threat to the public in the City of Lansing on June 18.  The assignment is expected to last until Friday, June 20.
·         MDA intercounty drain inspectors are working with the Allegan County Drain Commissioner to develop a plan for providing state assistance with drain inspection activities.  

In addition to these state resources, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has coordinated with officials from Mason County and the City of Ludington to provide services from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) to assess the public harbor in Ludington to determine if silt is affecting navigation in the channel. 

Personnel in the State Emergency Operations Center continue to monitor conditions statewide and collaborate with federal, state and local officials on recovery efforts.  The assignment of any additional state resources will be made upon review of progress and determination of need.