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State partially activates Emergency Operations Center due to flooding

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(04/15/14) - The state is doing what it can to help counties like Midland during the current flood.

When a county declares a state of emergency, it helps them to manage the situation more efficiently.

The state has partially activated its Emergency Operations Center. It's located in Lansing. Michigan State Police and the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division oversee the center.

They can provide local assistance if necessary, work with emergency management and monitor the flooding situation.

The operations center basically keeps an eye on what's going on and takes action if they need to.

We caught up with Gov. Snyder at an agriculture event in Wheeler, in Gratiot County, Tuesday afternoon.

"There's a lot of issues with climate change out there that we do need to be thoughtful about," he said. "Last year was a major challenge we all saw, almost had real problems with flooding, particularly in areas like Grand Rapids. When it comes to emergency declarations, they come from the local jurisdictions and they bring those forward to us at the state and try to bring those forward and partner with them."

State Police say if you are in an area prone to flooding, to be alert right now, create an emergency kit and put important documents in a water-tight container - just in case.

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