Governor Jennifer Granholm has officially declared a state of emergency for Allegan and Mason Counties.
The Governor issued the executive orders on Friday. In the declaration concerning Allegan County, Governor Granholm cited the storms that hit the area between June 6th and June 8th, saying the county suffered severe damage from winds and heavy rains including damage to more than 41 homes.
Allegan County estimated it would have to spend nearly $700,000 to fix roads and culverts damaged by all of the storms.
The declaration for Mason County cites the washed out portions of major roads in and around the county, leaving some of the roads impassable.
Forty-seven roads in Mason County were barricaded because of damage and flooding. Five beaches are closed for swimming until further notice; Stearns Park Beach, Ludington South Pier Beach, Buttersville Park Beach, Loomis Boat Launch on Pere Marquette Lake and Copeyon Boat Launch.
Governor Granholm also declared a state of emergency for Eaton County, the city of Lansing and the city of Saginaw.
The state of emergency declarations take effect immediately and authorizes the mobilization of resources from all state departments through July 10.