State of emergency declared for Ionia County

PORTLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency in Ionia County, where an ice jam caused flooding in Portland.

Whitmer issued the declaration Wednesday due to the flooding in Portland and ice storm damage in Belding.

The state of emergency allows communities to access state funds andassistanceduring cleanup and recovery, and authoritizes state agencies to coordinate response.

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