Snyder approves financial assistance for U.P. communities affected by deep freeze

Courtesy:  Governor Rick Snyder’s Office

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder approved more than $2.7 million from the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund to provide financial assistance to Michigan counties and communities impacted by last spring’s flooding disaster and deep freeze emergency.

“Communities on both sides of the bridge are still recovering from last spring’s flooding and last winter’s brutally cold temperatures and deep frost levels,” Snyder said. “These dollars will help local governments receive some financial relief to their budgets due to the response to these incidents.”

Eligible local governments affected by the flooding or deep freeze were allowed to apply for assistance grants for up to $100,000 or 10 percent of the previous year’s operating budget, whichever is less.

The Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund is used when communities demonstrate an exhaustion of local resources during a disaster or emergency. The money can be applied toward the immediate prevention, response and recovery of a disaster or emergency, as well as cover overtime for public employees, contracts used during the response, shelter supplies, gasoline used during the response and repair of public buildings and infrastructure.

Under extraordinary circumstances, the governor may authorize reimbursement from the fund to provide state assistance to counties and municipalities when federal assistance is not available.

Snyder declared a “state of disaster” on April 17 for Newaygo and Osceola counties due to severe weather and widespread flooding. On May 7, the disaster declaration was amended to include Isabella, Mecosta, Missaukee, Muskegon, Roscommon and Wexford counties.

Snyder declared a “state of emergency” for Marquette County on April 17 due to the damage caused by last winter’s extremely cold temperatures and deep frost levels. On May 7, the emergency declaration was amended to include Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Delta, Emmet, Gogebic, Luce and Mackinac counties.

In July, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division was notified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency [,4643,7-123-1586_1710-334003–,00.html ] that northern Michigan communities affected by the deep freeze did not meet the required statewide federal threshold for consideration for a presidential disaster declaration.

In October, the Michigan Strategic Fund approved more than $7.6 million [,4668,7-277-57577_57657-337091–,00.html ] in aid to communities in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula through the Community Development Block Grant program to assist in repairing critical infrastructure damaged by last winter’s deep freeze.

The state of Michigan continues to monitor the situation and is looking at all options to ensure communities recover and rebuild after these incidents.

Upper Peninsula Deep Freeze Emergency Awards

  • Marquette County — $100,000
  • City of Marquette — $100,000
  • Marquette Township — $100,000
  • Ishpeming Township — $ 32,609.85
  • City of Ishpeming — $100,000
  • City of Wakefield — $83,101.97
  • Village of Mackinac Island — $27,193
  • Maple Ridge Township — $16,689
  • Kinross Township — $1,854.14
  • City of Sault Ste. Marie — $92,930
  • Chippewa County — $100,000
  • City of Escanaba — $100,000
  • City of Bessemer — $92,251.60
  • Village of Newberry — $28,457.97
  • Republic Township — $59,165.85
  • Ely Township — $18,746.22
  • Ford River Township — $10,344.65
  • City of Ironwood — $100,000
  • City of Gladstone — $100,000
  • City of Negaunee — $100,000
  • Clark Township — $53,587
  • City of St. Ignace — $100,000