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LaSata calls for disaster declaration in St. Joseph County

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Kim LaSata on Wednesday issued the following statement calling on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to declare a state of emergency in St. Joseph County following the recent storms that left significant damage throughout the area:

“The week of Aug. 9 brought severe storms that left communities across the state, especially in Southwest Michigan, with significant damage and countless Michigan families without power — some of which still have not had their power turned back on.

“Some areas of the 21st District saw up to seven inches of rain and winds between 60 and 70 mph that toppled countless trees, causing extensive property damage and a number of powerlines to fall.

“St. Joseph County residents and public safety officials have done a tremendous job with the cleanup effort in the aftermath of the devastating storms. Thanks to the around-the-clock efforts of emergency responders and the generous efforts of the community, great progress has been made. However, despite our best efforts, it is clear more help is needed.

“I have called on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to send additional resources to the area to assist local officials and families who are still struggling to emerge from the devastation left behind by these severe storms. I hope the governor recognizes the urgent need for relief and quickly acts to lend a helping hand so we can get everyone back on their feet as quickly as possible.”