Schmidt monitoring cleanup efforts following severe storm, state assistance being considered

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Sen. Wayne Schmidt

Sen. Wayne Schmidt

LANSING, Mich. – In the aftermath of the Aug. 2 storm that caused extensive damage throughout northern Michigan, state Sen. Wayne Schmidt said on Wednesday that he has been in contact with Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration about possible state cleanup and recovery assistance.

Grand Traverse and neighboring counties declared local states of emergency after the storm’s 100 mile per hour straight-line-winds knocked out power, damaged buildings, and made numerous roads impassable throughout the region.

“There is no question northern Michigan residents are as resilient as they come,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse City. “Despite the storm’s widespread damage, people are coming together and volunteering their time and talents to assist family, friends and neighbors with cleanup efforts in addition to the fine work of our public safety officials.”

State law requires local emergency management officials to conduct and log damage assessments in to the statewide Critical Incident Management System. As of Wednesday, Grand Traverse County reported six homes destroyed, 24 with major damage, 70 with minor damage, and 105 affected. Associated dollar amounts have not yet been determined.

Schmidt said state resources would provide needed assistance.

“I have been in contact with Governor Snyder’s office about storm cleanup efforts,” Schmidt said. “As assessments of the damage are completed, we will see what, if anything, the state can do to provide assistance, given the severity and large geographic area impacted by the storm.”

With thousands of residents still lacking electricity, and with cleanup efforts continuing around the clock, resources are in place to assist those in need.

Locally, organizations within Grand Traverse County are offering support for residents, including the county emergency management department, which provides continuous updates for residents at Facebook.com/GTCemergency. Residents may also call the department at 231-995-6059.

The Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross provides disaster relief services and is available 24 hours a day by calling 800-774-6066.

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services team also is available to help. The Petoskey branch can be reached at 231-347-3531.

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division also has information about what to do before, during and after severe weather on its website at Michigan.gov/BePrepared or by calling 517-336-6464.

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