Whitmer declares state of emergency in Ionia County

February 13, 2019
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A car is stuck in the street on Water Street in downtown Portland, Mich., Friday, Fe. 8, 2019, near Grand River Ave. The Grand River is flooding and causing some evacuations. (Michael Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)

DETROIT (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency for Ionia County to help it recover from recent flooding in Portland and other winter weather effects.

The declaration Wednesday also noted recent ice storm damage in the city of Belding and authorizes the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division to coordinate state efforts “above and beyond” what it already was doing in conjunction with local agencies in Ionia County.

Meanwhile, the state received more snow whipped by high winds. The National Weather Service says 8.1 inches (20.6 centimeters) of snow fell in the Saginaw area over 36 hours ending at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Ingham County reported numerous vehicle slide-offs.

DTE Energy says service has been restored to 58,000 of the utility’s 61,000 customers who lost power Monday and Tuesday.

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