State of emergency declared for Marquette

LANSING (AP) – Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday declared a state of emergency for Marquette County following widespread, severe damage to water and sewer lines caused by this winter’s extreme cold.

With the declaration, Michigan will make its resources available in cooperation with local efforts in the Upper Peninsula county. Snyder also separately declared a state of disaster in Newago and Osceola counties located halfway between Grand Rapids and Traverse City. The counties have been hit with severe storms since Saturday.

Marquette County earlier this year requested an emergency declaration, saying there already was more than $1.6 million in damage. Snyder said in a statement that the county’s water and sewer infrastructure has been severely hurt by the weather.

“I admire the public works personnel who have been working around the clock thawing and repairing water and sewer mains. They are the heroes in this situation,” he said.

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division will coordinate the state’s efforts with Marquette County.