LANSING, Mich., Oct. 27, 2021 — Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer approved $1.2 million in assistance for communities in Oakland and Macomb counties following severe thunderstorms, high winds and tornadoes in July. The funds were made available through the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund, which is used when communities have exhausted their local resources during a disaster or emergency. 

“I am grateful that the governor has approved over $50,000 for the city of Southfield to help our community recover from this past summer’s storm damage,” said state Rep. Kyra Bolden (D-Southfield). “These funds will greatly help the city make the necessary repairs and stay on track without straining their budget too much.”

“Farmington and Farmington Hills were hit particularly hard by the tornadoes that blew through our community in July,” said state Rep. Samantha Steckloff (D-Farmington Hills). “The damage from the flooding, fallen trees, branches and powerlines was expensive and widespread. Bringing $1 million back to the communities will have a profound impact on each city’s budget. I’m thankful for the relief Gov. Whitmer has provided to my community.”