The Michigan Senate and House have been in negotiations, along with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's staff, to reconcile state budget supplemental appropriations.
Members of the House Appropriations Committee convened last night and cleared a nearly $5 billion supplemental which included funding for the Four Lakes. We expect this supplemental will go to the House and Senate today for approval, and we expect the Governor to sign.
We will keep you informed and will send out a communication once approved by both the House and Senate. This appropriation would have a very significant positive impact on the community and the lake ecosystems.
We are tracking the legislation, and hope to have news by tomorrow morning on the status of the appropriations and more details on what it means to our community.
Spring Rains Causing High Water Levels
Recent heavy rainfall has resulted in higher water levels for the Four Lakes, with water expected to continue to rise through the day. Residents in the area of Radov Drive directly below Smallwood Dam were notified overnight about rising water levels. Property owners are asked to keep a close eye on their property and take action if necessary to safeguard themselves and their property.
In addition, workers moved equipment and raised the temporary bridge at Sanford Dam because of high water. Sanford Village Park is also experiencing high water levels.
FLTF will continue monitoring rainfall and water levels, and will inform the community if any action is needed. Midland County Emergency Management Coordinator Jenifier Boyer and Gladwin County Emergency Manager Bob North are also monitoring the situation along with FLTF.