Advance Notice: Briefs

Michigan receives $52M in federal funds to fortify infrastructure against natural disasters

By: - August 9, 2021 12:04 pm

Flood damage in Detroit, July 9, 2021 | Ken Coleman photo

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved a $51.7 million federal grant from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to invest in Michigan’s infrastructure that will be resilient against climate change.

“I am grateful to have an ally in the Biden administration that is working diligently to ensure that we have the resources to upgrade our state’s infrastructure to ensure that our communities are protected from the effects of unprecedented storms,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday. “We have already seen roads, bridges and communities deeply damaged by extreme weather conditions.”

Last month, Whitmer secured a Presidential Disaster Declaration to help residents and businesses in Wayne and Washtenaw counties affected by flooding and announced a plan to use $10 million in state general funds to provide emergency relief to households impacted by the heavy rainfall and flooding in Southeast Michigan in late June. 

The Michigan Department of Transportation has put forward a proposal to purchase $50 million worth of backup generators to ensure that pump stations can continue to operate if there’s a power outage during a storm. 

According to the governor’s office, the total national cost of weather and climate events exceeded $450 billion over the past three years — an average of $150 billion per year. 

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Allison R. Donahue
Allison R. Donahue

Allison R. Donahue covers education, women's issues and LGBTQ issues. Previously, she was a suburbs reporter at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minn., covering local education and government. As a graduate of Grand Valley State University, she has previous experience as a freelance researcher for USA Today and an intern with WOOD TV-8. When she is away from her desk, she spends her time going to concerts, comedy shows or getting lost on hikes in different places around the world.