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Governor says he is willing pitch in to help blacked out homeowners


LANSING (WKZO) -- Governor Rick Snyder has issued an offer to lend the state’s assistance to any community that has been hit hard by Saturday’s ice storm, but so far says he hasn’t had any requests.

That could change now that Christmas is past and the Governor’s office has reopened.Barry County officials have already declared a State of Emergency as a precursor to seeking state and federal help, after 75% of their residents lost power last weekend. In fact a few counties were hit fairly hard.

That help would likely be a request for reimbursement of money spent.

The Governor says the Emergency Management & Homeland Security Division of the Michigan State Police continues to monitor the situation closely to ensure the public health and safety, but they are letting the utilities, the Red Cross and local governments handle the response. .