“I am happy to announce that Gov. Rick Snyder has declared a state of emergency for frozen water lines in Marquette County. With historic cold temperatures this winter and into the spring, many communities are struggling to maintain necessary services despite the utilization of mandated ‘let water run’ orders, private contracts to assist in thawing water mains and the reallocation of public works staffing. While I applaud the work of local municipalities in keeping their communities up and running, it is without a doubt that the residents of Marquette County need help from the state.

“The entire UP legislative delegation has been working with Marquette County officials and the governor for several months to get this state of emergency declared, and I am thankful the governor understands the need. The governor’s declaration of an emergency situation in Marquette County will make resources available to restore water service to countless homes and businesses that have been forced to go without water for too long.”