Snyder said Tuesday that he has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to join state and local officials later this week to assess the damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure. The assessment is an initial step to help the state determine whether to ask for federal assistance.
The flooding lasted from April 9 through late last week. Snyder's declaration affects Grand Rapids, Ionia and 19 counties across Michigan, including Ottawa County.
"This declaration makes available all the state resources that are needed to continue supporting local officials in their ongoing work to keep the public safe as the recovery efforts begin," Snyder said. "We will be exploring all possible avenues for assistance to help affected residents and local governments recover from the severe flooding."
The flooding closed a 20-mile stretch of highway in the Upper Peninsula. The Grand Rapids River came uncomfortably close to breaching its flood walls and causing disastrous flooding in Grand Rapids.
Meanwhile, a no-body contact advisory for the Grand River in Ottawa and Kent counties was lifted Tuesday.