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      Declaring a State of Emergency

      We've seen State of Emergencies declared because of visible disasters, but what about ones that can't be seen?

      Marquette County is asking Governor Snyder to declare a State of Emergency due to the troubles this winter.

      "What they're doing is going through, piece by piece, right now in Lansing, determining what it's like up here, and they're trying to get a picture of what we have and they're going to submit that to the Governor's office," said Don Brown, Lieutenant of the Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division.

      Around two dozen communities are under let-run orders across the U.P. In Iron River alone, the sewer plant pumps 218,000 gallons of water per day which costs the city an extra $140 per day. Over time, the money adds up.

      As temperatures get warmer, the U.P. will more than likely run into more problems in the form of broken water mains and flooding.

      While the problems are occurring across the entire U.P., Marquette County is the only county to declare a State of Emergency so far. In order for Governor Snyder to declare a State of Emergency, the county needs to prove that they have exhausted their resources as well as reached out to the surrounding communities and local businesses for help.

      "They're looking at stuff like man power, equipment, and quite possibly an infrastructure overhaul. Some of these infrastructures up here, specifically Negaunee and Ishpeming, are in tough shape," Brown said.

      There's no guarantee that the governor will declare a State of Emergency, but if he does, the manpower and equipment Brown mentioned would be available as soon as the declaration occurs, although receiving money would take a long time.

      Receiving certain equipment to thaw pipes will be limited because some of the equipment used can cause house fires, and other equipment is not effective while the ground is frozen.