- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder says 32 communities in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula are eligible for $7.5 million in aid after last winter’s deep freeze.

Snyder said Thursday the state aims to distribute the grants to repair infrastructure including roads and water and sewer mains before the coming winter. The communities in 12 counties applied last month for the federal grants after a local emergency was declared.

The communities can get funds to repair damage to public infrastructure that resulted from extreme weather between Nov. 1, 2013 and June 1, 2014. They have until the end of September to complete the application process.

Snyder says communities can also apply for grants of up to $100,000 from the Michigan State Police emergency contingency fund.

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