Snyder Declares State of Emergency for Genesee County

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency for Genesee County, according to MLive. The move will allow the county, which was hit hard by flooding last week, to apply to receive state and federal funds.

* The storm May 3 dropped more than 5 inches of rain in a matter of hours. Typically the area gets only half that amount spread out over all of May.

* WNEM reported the county chairman declared a state of emergency the morning after the flooding. That activated all of the county resources and response teams. Snyder's announcement could expand the amount of help available.

* County officials had pushed Snyder to declare a state of emergency almost immediately. State officials were sent to the area Thursday to assess damages and need before he made his determination.

* On Sunday, the American Red Cross helped set up temporary shelters and was in the process of distributing cleaning materials and drinking water to affected residents, the MLive reported.

* Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are due in the area Monday to begin assessing the damage. State and local officials will reportedly join them, according to the Associated Press.

* FEMA's assessment will be used to determine residents' eligibility for state and federal assistance.

* Most of the damage to homes and businesses will reportedly not be covered by insurance as homeowners and businesses do not typically carry flood insurance.

* Before the disbursement of state or federal funds is discussed, Snyder's declaration mobilizes the State Police's Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division to better address public safety concerns related to the =flood, according to WNEM.

Vanessa Evans is a musician and freelance writer based in Michigan, with a lifelong interest in politics and public issues.

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