Governor Whitmer announces state of emergency in four counties after water main burst – Macomb Daily

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has declared states of emergency in Lapeer County, Macomb County, Oakland County and St. Clair County following the rupture of the pipe water near the Great Lakes Water Authority substation.

The rupture prompted a boil water advisory for several Michigan communities.

“We are leveraging all the resources at our disposal and taking all necessary steps to ensure affected families receive the help they need,” Whitmer said in a public statement.

The Whitmer Emergency Declaration makes available several state resources and organizations to assist local response and recovery efforts. These include the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management Division, and Homeland Security.

Seven cities are still under boil water advisories after a water main break was reported on Saturday, August 13.

According to the Great Lakes Water Authority, repairs and water quality testing can take up to two weeks.

Whitmer also activated the state’s Emergency Operations Center, after a ruptured pipe was discovered at a 120-inch Lake Huron water treatment facility.

Update: Boil water advisory only affects 13 communities

Enabling SEOC “will ensure that all state resources are available to support local communities, if needed,” according to a statement from the group.

The SEOC is working to accommodate requests for bottled water and says it will take additional steps to ensure public health and safety.

Effective 11:30 a.m. on Sunday August 14, the townships of Chesterfield, Lenox, Mayfield, Macomb and New Haven were removed from the boil water advisory.

Seven municipalities are still under boil water advisories due to the main outage, up from 23 municipalities originally reported on Saturday.

A map of towns affected by the boil water advisory after a water main break at the Huron River Treatment Facility (Great Lakes Water Authority)

These cities include

  • Almont
  • Township of Bruce
  • Township of Burtchville
  • City of Imlay
  • Rochester
  • Township of Shelby
  • Washington Township

The city of Romeo was originally added to this list. A later statement from GLWA says the advisory does not affect the entire city of Romeo, only the industrial park.

In addition, a business in Imlay Township and a business in Greenwood were affected by the water main break.

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