09.08.21

In Oak Park, Peters Highlights New Program that Will Help Michigan Communities Protect Against Severe Flooding and Rising Water Levels

U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today toured Shepherd Park in Oak Park to see firsthand how recent flooding has impacted surrounding homes, the community, and the local economy. Peters highlighted $500 million in funding he secured in the Senate-passed infrastructure bill, which would be used to help states establish revolving loan programs for local governments to carry out mitigation projects that reduce natural disaster risk, including extreme flooding, shoreline erosion and rising water levels. Peters authored the Safeguarding Tomorrow through Ongoing Risk Mitigation (STORM) Act, which was signed into law earlier this year, to create this new loan program. Peters was joined by Oak Park Mayor Marian McClellen, Oakland County Water Resource Commissioner Jim Nash, and President of Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce Joe Bauman.