Michigan Gov. declares ‘disaster’ after widespread flooding

Michigan Gov. declares 'disaster' after widespread flooding

June 18 (UPI) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder made a declaration of disaster in his state after flooding caused significant damage in two counties on Monday.

The declaration of disaster was made for Houghton and Menominee counties after severe weather and heavy rainfall struck the area. It will allow for the National Guard to be deployed in those counties to assist with road repairs.

“I appreciate the dedication of our state and local emergency response teams and volunteers who have been working diligently to protect the public health and safety of our residents affected by this severe flooding,” Snyder said in a statement. “This declaration will ensure additional state resources are available so that damages can be repaired as quickly as possible.”

The severe flooding caused the injury of a 12-year-old boy and caused more than 60 sinkholes and washouts, WLUC-TV reported.

Floodwaters broke pavement along several streets, which delayed transportation in the area, according to Michigan’s State Emergency Operations Center.

“Large gorges were dug by the rainwater racing down and across roads, leaving piles of rocks, gravel and other debris, while the Portage Canal swelled and backed-up beyond its banks,” the SEOC said.