April weather prompts Michigan disaster request


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Storms and flooding in April have prompted Gov. Rick Snyder to request a disaster declaration for Newaygo and Osceola counties from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Snyder's office said in a statement Tuesday that the declaration would pave the way for financial assistance for affected residents and business owners. It also would cover Clare, Kent, Lake, Mecosta, Missaukee, Montcalm, Muskegon, Oceana and Wexford counties.

If approved, the Small Business Administration disaster assistance program would make low-interest loans available to eligible residents and businesses.

Snyder in April declared a "state of disaster" for Newaygo and Osceola counties due to severe weather and widespread flooding, making state help available. The declaration was later amended to include Isabella, Mecosta, Missaukee, Muskegon, Roscommon and Wexford counties.

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