Department of Natural Resources recovery of Grand Traverse County over halfway done

Downed tree at Glen Lake boat launch in Grand Traverse County.  Courtesy of the DNR.

Downed tree at Glen Lake boat launch in Grand Traverse County. Courtesy of the DNR.

Governor Rick Snyder has declared a State of Emergency in Grand Traverse County in response to severe weather earlier this month.

The storms knocked out power across the region, and downed thousands of trees, including many on state property.

DNR spokesman Keith Lounsbery said over half of the restoration work has been completed.

“I spoke to the personnel who did that this morning and they said they were at ‘60 percent completion right now’. Im sure they’ve made progress since then today[8/11/15].”

He said the biggest effort was recovering Traverse City State Park.

“The main brunt from the storm was the damage that occurred to Traverse City State Park. We were there for about a week removing trees and clearing campsites. A few boating facilities were impacted as well but the boating sites in Grand Traverse County were rectified today and are 100 percent open and ready to go again.”

The governor’s emergency declaration will give Grand Traverse County access to state funds, to help expedite the recovery.