State Police Adds Clinton Township to Governor's Emergency Declaration for Macomb County

Contact: Lt. Tim Ketvertis, EMHSD District Coordinator, 586-726-6709

January 17, 2017

Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the Michigan State Police has amended a recent emergency declaration to include Clinton Township due to a sewer line collapse in Fraser, causing damage to private property and financial distress.

“The Township of Clinton has experienced damage from the collapsed sewer line, similar to what Fraser has been dealing with,” Snyder said. “They also have declared a local State of Emergency and activated their emergency response plan to cope with this situation.”

The city of Fraser has been under a local emergency declaration since Dec. 25. An addendum to the governor’s declaration means the Township of Clinton has now determined local resources are insufficient to address the situation and state assistance is required to protect public health, safety and property to lessen or avert the threat of a crisis.

The declaration authorizes the Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division to coordinate state efforts. The Michigan Emergency Management Act allows the director of the Michigan State Police, or his or her designee, to amend a declaration with the concurrence of the governor. By including the Township of Clinton, all state resources are now available as needed to assist with local response and recovery operations.

On Dec. 24, there was a sewer line collapse – resulting in an estimated 250 feet long and 100 feet wide sinkhole - at 15 mile Road and Hayes Road in Fraser. This situation was caused by a fractured sewer line 55 feet below the ground.