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Michigan village starts flood recovery, awaits funds

Volunteers in Sanford are still clearing muck and providing supplies to those whose homes were destroyed by floodwaters.
Credit: AP
The remains of the Edenville Dam, as seen on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 in Edenville Township north of Midland. After two days of heavy rain, the Edenville Dam failed and flood waters rushed south, ravaging the landscape in its path. (Jake May/The Flint Journal, MLive.com via AP)

LANSING, Mich. — A small Michigan village is pulling together after two dam failures in May. 

Volunteers in Sanford are still clearing muck and providing supplies to those whose homes were destroyed by floodwaters since there's no telling when state and federal help will come. 

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer asked President Donald Trump to declare a major disaster on June 15. That would open up federal resources and financial support for the area. 

An answer to Whitmer’s request has not been received. State legislation to give the Midland area $6 million to manage damage is sitting in a committee, with the Legislature adjourned for the summer. 

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