Gov. Whitmer declares state of emergency in Ionia County

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) -- Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency in Ionia County due to the effects of the recent winter storms.

Ionia County requested state assistance to help local communities recover from the storms that left ice jams in the Grand River in Portland.

“Ionia County continues to recover from the heavy impacts of this winter weather, which include severe flood damage in the city of Portland and ice storm damage in the city of Belding,” Whitmer said. “The state of Michigan is dedicated to do all it can to help the affected communities continue recovery efforts and get back on their feet.”

The declaration means all state resources will be available to help the area in its recovery efforts. It authorizes the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division to coordinate more state efforts than what those agencies already have been doing in conjunction with local agencies.