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      No presidential disaster declaration for the U.P. for harsh winter

      There will be no presidential disaster declaration for Upper Michigan after last winter's deep freeze.

      The Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division was notified that Northern Michigan communities affected by the deep freeze did not meet the threshold for consideration of a presidential disaster declaration.

      FEMA did conclude that the $10.1 million in damages submitted were eligible toward the $13.7 million statewide threshold which is necessary before a presidential disaster declaration can be made.

      On Tuesday it was announced six Upper Michigan counties and three downstate will get $6 million in state aid to repair the damage.