HILLSDALE COUNTY, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency for Branch, Hillsdale and St. Joseph counties to address the impacts of severe thunderstorms and straight-line winds on Aug, 11 and 12.
“Thank you to the first responders and line-workers who have worked diligently to keep our residents safe and restore power to our communities,” Whitmer said. “We will continue to work closely with Branch, Hillsdale and St. Joseph counties and provide needed resources to support recovery efforts.”
By declaring a state of emergency, Whitmer has made available all state resources in cooperation with local response and recovery efforts in the designated area. The declaration authorizes the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division to coordinate state efforts above and beyond what the division has already been doing in conjunction with local agencies.
On Aug. 13, Branch County declared a local state of emergency due to a severe thunderstorm that caused widespread or severe damage.
On Aug, 14, St. Joseph County declared a local state of emergency following severe storms that resulted in power outages and hazardous debris impacting emergency response and restoration efforts.
On Aug. 16, Hillsdale County declared a local state of emergency due to damage as a result of severe thunderstorms. All three counties requested a governor’s declaration.
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