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Lt. Gov. declares state of disaster after storms

flooded street in Midland
Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio
Heavy rains this week caused the Tittabawassee River to flood over its banks in downtown Midland

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has declared a state of disaster in two central Michigan counties after severe weather led to widespread damage and flooding.

Calley issued the declaration Friday for Isabella and Midland counties. It provides state resources to assist local response and recovery efforts.

Hundreds of homes, businesses and roads have been affected by flooding from heavy overnight rain.

The Mount Pleasant Morning Sun reports motorists were being advised to stay off roads in Isabella County.

Forecasters predicted the Chippewa River could peak late Friday at more than 13 feet. The river's flood state is eight feet.

Isabella County officials declared a local state of emergency earlier Friday.

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