Branch County Declares State Of Emergency Due To Storms
By: Mike Stiles - Saturday, August 14, 2021

(photo courtesy of Branch County Michigan)

(COLDWATER) – Branch County has declared a state of emergency in the wake of the storms that move through the area Wednesday and Thursday.

Branch County Administrator Bud Norman says the declaration creating the state of emergency was signed on Friday following a meeting between himself, Branch County Emergency Manager Tim Miner and County Commission Chairman Randall Hazelbaker.

In a media release, Norman says the declaration states the response and recovery efforts of the Branch County Emergency Operations Plan are now activated. Local resources are being utilized to their fullest extent possible. Even with the local resources, it will not be sufficient to handle this situation.

The declaration also says Branch County will be requesting aid from multiple State agencies. County officials say they will be asking for help with debris removal, technical help, aviation and drone resources, repair of damages that's related to severe wind, replacement or repair to damaged equipment, along with overtime costs for public works, first responses and all other employees involved with cleanup efforts.

Norman says Branch County will also be seeking funding assistance that is related to all non-insured private and public properties.


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