Stamas issues statement on flooding in Midland and surrounding communities

LANSING, Mich. — After heavy rainfall caused the breach of two dams leading to historic flooding near Midland on Tuesday evening, Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, issued the following statement:

“I am brokenhearted to see what is happening in my hometown of Midland and to communities in my Senate district. My prayers go out to the thousands impacted by this tragedy. And my appreciation goes out to the many first responders guiding people to safety and shelter. Without question, their actions have saved lives.

“I am in regular contact with emergency officials in Midland County and from the state, and I have spoken to the White House asking for assistance from FEMA. I will do whatever is necessary to ensure our communities have what they need to respond to this emergency and recover from this disaster.

“Once the people of our communities are safe and the water has receded, there must be a full, transparent accounting of how this tragedy occurred.

“To the people of Midland County, I say this: Together, we will rebuild.”