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Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Senate Bill 27 in Ypsilanti on Monday. The bill appropriates $384.7 million dollars in supplemental money. Most of the money comes from federal COVID-19 relief, but $17 million comes from the state's general fund.

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An attorney at a Detroit-area law firm is looking at options to reduce the amount of money people have to pay to rebuild dams that were damaged during flooding in 2020.

But some local leaders fear the effort could prevent the dams from ever being restored.

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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is asking the White House for a disaster declaration to secure federal aid to deal with damage from last month’s flooding in southeast Michigan.

Parts of the region saw about 7 inches of rain over a 12-hour period between the night of June 25 and the morning of June 26.

Whitmer’s office said Tuesday if federal aid is granted, the money would be used for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help people and businesses recover from the flooding damage.

A coalition of environmental groups Wednesday joined Democratic Michigan Representative Rashida Tlaib in urging the passage of a major infrastructure spending bill.

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Several miles of I-94 remain flooded, and waterlogged trash and former treasures line streets in Detroit Monday as the city digs out from another historic rain event.

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The Michigan Dam Safety Task Force held a meeting on Monday to discuss recommendations for how the state should oversee dam safety - particularly at privately-owned dams.

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Michigan will order the owner to fix and improve two dams that overflowed into the Tittawabassee River last May. That may be easier said than done.

Midland, MI Flooded
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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday she is requesting a federal disaster declaration for the Midland area, where a failure of two dams destroyed 150 houses and caused more than $200 million in damage.

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The catastrophic failure of two dams on the Tittabawassee River in central Michigan this week is prompting questions about the safety of the state’s dam infrastructure.  


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Rapidly rising water overtook dams and forced the evacuation of about 10,000 people in central Michigan, where flooding struck communities along rain-swollen waterways and the governor said one downtown could be “under approximately 9 feet of water” by Wednesday.