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Mayor says screw FEMA, refuses to declare emergency

Mayor Heartwell of Grand Rapids, Michigan, held out for as long as possible, refusing to declare a state of emergency in his city while it was being flooded with rain. An FOIA request by a local paper revealed much of his hesitation was due to the fact that he didn’t want to get FEMA, or the federal government, involved in what he felt was a local issue, to be handled locally. The Resident (aka Lori Harfenist) discusses.…