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City of Lapeer awarded $250,000 in State Emergency Funds

The City of Lapeer has been awarded $250,000 to repair damages sustained from the Great Lake Water Authority water main break that occurred in August 2022.

The State of Michigan Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (EMHSD) has approved the recently submitted application for state disaster assistance, which was requested based on damages sustained from the Southeast Michigan water main break that occurred in August 2022, affecting Oakland, Lapeer, and St. Clair counties. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has confirmed that financial assistance of $250,000 from the State Disaster Contingency fund has been conditionally approved for our jurisdiction. The funds will be used to update the city's back-up well system.

According to the state, the funding is being made available to the City of Lapeer to assist with expenses incurred in responding to the disaster. City Manager Dale Kerbyson says, “Our City is fortunate to have these back-up wells, which have proven to essential during a water emergency like we had this past Summer during the GLWA water main break. These funds will help us take our back-up well system from good to great, further serving our community.”

Gov. Whitmer’s office says the award is conditional due to projects included in the application for assistance that still need to be completed, payments made to the appropriate vendors, and substantiating documentation provided to the EMHSD before any reimbursements can be processed.

Kerbyson says these improvements are already being installed in our community to improve the system for future use if necessary.