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      Michigan counties receiving $6 million to repair damage from winter

      Governor Rick Snyder announced $6 million of assistance for nine Michigan counties that received a state of emergency declaration due to the cold temperatures and deep frost levels last winter.

      At a meeting on Tuesday, the Michigan Strategic Fund board approved a proposal by Michigan Economic Development Corporation to announce a round of Community Development Block Grants. These grants are to assist in repairing damaged water and sewer mains, roads and other vital infrastructure.

      The counties that are receiving the grants are Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Delta, Emmet, Gogebic, Luce, Mackinac and Marquette.

      "The state is stepping up and assisting our northern Michigan communities to repair their damaged infrastructure," says Snyder. "Last winter's extremely cold temperatures and deep frost levels caused millions of dollars in damages. It makes good sense to begin the repairs as quickly as possible to restore water and sewer mains and roads in affected areas."

      The MEDC will work with the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division to ensure a coordinated response to deep freeze issues in all affected counties.