SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) -- Saginaw County government has declared a local state of emergency due to storms and severe flooding that has hit the area.
MLive.com reports Board of Commissioners Chairman Michael J. Hanley made the final decision Wednesday, saying the declaration will maximize the chances for receiving state and federal disaster assistance funds.
Officials are collecting damage estimates. County residents wishing to report damage are asked to call the Saginaw County Emergency Operations Center.
A flood warning was in effect for the Saginaw River. Flooding in the area has left homes, businesses and part of the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge under water.