Federal support for deep-freeze damage rejected

Michigan officials say northern communities dealing with damage caused by last winter's extreme cold aren't eligible for federal support through a presidential disaster declaration.
AP Wire
Jul 26, 2014

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division said Friday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency conducted damage assessments. It found that $10.1 million in submitted damages were eligible toward the $13.7 million statewide threshold that's necessary before a presidential disaster declaration can be made.

State officials said they are exploring alternatives to help communities recover and rebuild.

More than $6 million in Community Development Block Grants were approved by the state this week for counties to repair damaged water and sewer mains, roads and other infrastructure.

Gov. Rick Snyder declared states of emergency or disaster for Marquette County and several others last spring.

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