Snyder declares ‘state of emergency’ for Marquette County

MARQUETTE – Gov. Rick Snyder has declared a “state of emergency” for Marquette County, which will make available all state resources in cooperation with local response and recovery efforts.

“This record-breaking winter has severely crippled the water and sewer infrastructure of Marquette County,” Snyder said in a news release. “I admire the public works personnel who have been working around the clock thawing and repairing water and sewer mains. They are the heroes in this situation. We will use all state resources available so Marquette County communities can respond and recover from this crisis.”

Snyder’s declaration authorizes the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division to coordinate state efforts.

Officials said they expected the situation to get worse before it gets better.

The county previously requested a governor’s declaration on March 4. At that time, damage estimates were around $400,000 and resources had not been fully exhausted by local communities. On April 2, Marquette County submitted a second request outlining severe public health and safety concerns and more than $1.6 million in damages.

Since Feb. 21, Marquette County has been under “local state of emergency,” which activates local emergency response and recovery plans. By requesting a governor’s declaration, the county has determined local resources are insufficient to address the situation and state assistance is required to protect public health, safety and property to lessen or avert the threat of a crisis.