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JUST IN: Ionia County declares state of emergency after sustaining estimated $2 million+ in road damages

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Ionia County has declared a state of emergency after being hit by two tornadoes on Saturday, along with ongoing extensive rainfall.

Ionia County Board of Commissioners Chairman David Hodges of Belding declared a state of emergency on Tuesday morning and the county board voted 6-0 on Tuesday afternoon (with Commissioner Karen Banks absent) to extend it for 30 days through July 29. Without the extension, the state of emergency would expire in seven days.