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Berrien County declares State of Emergency

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BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. -- The Berrien County Board of Commissioners declared a State of Emergency Friday afternoon because of this week's flood.

The declaration allows local cities use county resources in the recovery and damage assessments.

It will also help local communities get access to state resources and is the first step in requesting federal assistance if necessary.

The county says the St. Joseph River has crested. It is monitoring river levels, water levels over roadways and infrastructure.

Additional updates:

Bertrand Road in Niles Township is closed at the St. Joseph River due to debris piled up against the bridge beams. Do not drive around the road closed signs.

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