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Whitmer requests USDA disaster designation for counties hit by severe weather

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has requested a disaster designation from the USDA for counties hit by recent severe weather. (WWMT/Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's Office)

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture requesting a disaster designation for Michigan counties impacted by recent severe weather.

She also requested assistance for helping Michigan's farmers recover.

“Our hardworking Michigan farmers are once again facing challenges due to weather following one of the toughest years in recent memory,” she said. “From freezing temperatures to flooding caused by dam failures and high-water levels following periods of prolonged rainfall, many of our producers are finding themselves in the midst of yet another difficult growing season. A disaster designation for impacted counties would provide some much-needed support to Michigan farmers.”

A period of freezing temperatures late in spring followed several warm days, damaging a number of crops. Officials from Whitmer's office said effects of the temperatures prompted 20 countries to initiate disaster designations from the USDA.

Additionally, flooding from heavy rainfall has led to dam failures and high water levels. Whitmer asked President Donald Trump to issue a major disaster declaration for the five counties impacted by the failures.

Read Whitmer's full letter below.

Severe weather in West Michigan: