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State offers grants to communities to prepare for floods

Russell McNamara

Communities in Michigan have until this Wednesday to apply for about $14 million dollars in state funding to address high water levels. The state says it’s responding to historic high water levels that created flood conditions for many cities two years ago.

The city of Ann Arbor approved seeking state grant money to help pay for a new comprehensive stormwater management plan.

Lisa Disch is a council member.

“It is wonderful for us to have a plan that will better align with the needs that we have, as the need for adaptation and resiliency in the face of climate change intensifies. So I’m delighted. And also, getting this grant will mean that this work will cost us very little relative to our budget.” said Disch.

Communities are eligible for a maximum of one-point-five million dollars from the state for the high water infrastructure grants.

Dustin Dwyer is a reporter for a new project at Michigan Radio that will look at improving economic opportunities for low-income children. Previously, he worked as an online journalist for Changing Gears, as a freelance reporter and as Michigan Radio's West Michigan Reporter. Before he joined Michigan Radio, Dustin interned at NPR's Talk of the Nation, wrote freelance stories for The Jackson Citizen-Patriot and completed a Reporting & Writing Fellowship at the Poynter Institute.