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Gov. Rick Snyder today declared a state of disaster and opened the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund to local governments in 17 counties and two cities after heavy rainfall and snow melt resulted in widespread flooding damage.
Qualified Benton Harbor homeowners whose houses need repair will soon be able to apply for help through the Benton Harbor Home Rehabilitation Loan Program.
Applications will start being accepted at informational meetings at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. March 27 at the Benton Harbor Library, 213 E. Wall St., said Stephanie Scott-Sims, director of community and economic development for the city.
The season of giving is in full force all across Michiana, including Benton Harbor. City leaders partnered with major area corporations to provide free food to those in need on Wednesday afternoon.
Benton Harbor's Mayor-elect Marcus Muhammad wanted to make sure his residents had something nice to put on the table this Christmas, so he reached out to Whirlpool and the Senior PGA Championship for support.
On Friday, Aug. 21, Berrien County Farm Bureau purchased 15 second-destination hogs from exhibitors at the Berrien County Youth Fair Livestock Auction. Board member Dale Robson was in charge of purchasing the animals.
“Each year around fair time, because it’s the end of our fiscal year, if we have money left over, we use those funds to purchase second-destination hogs. This year we were able to purchase fifteen hogs,” he said.