Isabella County in 'state of disaster' after flooding

Flood warnings are still in place on several Mid-Michigan rivers, which are above flood stage because of the recent rain.

Several rounds of heavy rain and thunderstorms unleashed on Isabella County over the last two weeks.

Some areas reported just under a foot of rainfall and now Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has declared a "state of disaster" for both Isabella and Midland counties.

This declaration will aid in bringing additional resources to the area to begin the clean-up effort.

Isabella County administrator Margaret McAvoy estimates, "We are in the tens of millions of dollars of damage in our community. Central Michigan University has millions of dollars worth of damage. The road commission, millions of dollars.  

"... We have intersections that are totally washed out, gone.  It's not like there's water over them, there's no road underneath the water."

As disaster teams continue to evaluate the damage, they ask for the patience and cooperation of all affected residents.

Alana Nehring is a meteorologist at WZZM 13. You can contact her by email at alananehring@wzzm13.com, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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