DETROIT — The Michigan League of Conservation Voters today issued the following statement in response to Governor Gretchen Whitmer signing Senate Bill 27, a supplemental relief funding bill that includes $10 million in state general funds to assist with restoration costs resulting from flooding in Southeast Michigan and other weather-related events that occurred in June 2021.
“We know extreme weather, like the floods in Detroit, Dearborn and other parts of Southeast Michigan, are intimately connected to climate change. Over the past seven years we have experienced storms that have destroyed dams and devastated thousands of homes and businesses. We know we will continue to see more flooding; the question is, what will we do about it,” said Lisa Wozniak, Executive Director for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. “We applaud Governor Whitmer for recognizing the urgency of this situation and taking immediate steps to support the communities still reeling from the storms. It is clear that if we want to protect our state from the impacts of climate change and prevent damage from future floods, we need to invest now in the infrastructure that will allow us to do so.”
In addition to funding outlined in Senate Bill 27, earlier this month President Joe Biden declared Detroit’s floods a disaster in the state of Michigan, approving a disaster declaration request from Gov. Whitmer.