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Houghton County: what's needed

HOUGHTON COUNTY, MI-- With massive cleanup efforts now underway in Houghton County, officials are asking people for donations. At a press conference Tuesday, Houghton County Emergency Management Coordinator Chris VanArsdale said crews are in need of paper products, plastic gloves, money, shovels, buckets, wheelbarrows, and rakes. Volunteers are also needed to help remove debris and clean out houses filled with mud so residents can move back into them. Local officials are in the process of...

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Flood Relief

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HOUGHTON, MI -- In the wake of the severe storms and flooding in Houghton County, those looking for ways to help have  several options.

The City of Houghton and the Houghton City Police Department say monetary donations for flood victims are being accepted through the Portage Health Foundation. Contributions can be made online at <phfgive.org/contribute.php> … or by mail to Portage Health Foundation, 400 Quincy Street, Hancock, Michigan, 49930. Make sure in the comments section online or in the memo section on your check to include “Flood Relief.”

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder and top Michigan lawmakers are promising President Donald Trump the state will help pay to upgrade the Soo Locks if the federal government takes the lead.
       Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley told Trump in a letter released Monday that Michigan is committing $50 million for a second lock to accommodate 1,000-foot freighters that haul iron ore and other bulk cargo between Lake Superior and the other Great Lakes.

MARQUETTE, MI -- The Marquette County Health Department says the ‘West Nile Virus’ has been found in a crow found in Marquette County this month. The virus has been present in Michigan since 2001… and has been found in mosquitos in Marquette County. The virus is spread through mosquito bites.

Symptoms of W-N-V include fever, headaches, body aches and sometimes skin rash and/or swollen glands. People experiencing symptoms consistent with W-N-V should contact their health care provider.

SAULT ST. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — The Sault St. Marie International Bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic during the 32nd Annual Bridge Walk and Bicycle Parade. The event is June 23. International Bridge Administration and Michigan Department of Transportation officials say the span will close at 8:15 a.m. It will re-open at 10:30 a.m. after participants clear customs. For complete information about the walk, busing, necessary documents, and more, visit

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LANSING, MI -- Governor Rick Snyder has issued disaster declarations for two counties in the Upper Peninsula that suffered flooding damage due to heavy rains.

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MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) — A manufacturer in northeastern Wisconsin has discovered new evidence of groundwater pollution near Lake Michigan involving a chemical that has raised national health concerns.
       Tyco Fire Products said this month that it discovered perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs, in well samples at its manufacturing plant in Marinette. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had directed Tyco to test for PFCs at the wells, which are part of a separate cleanup of arsenic.

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HOUGHTON COUNTY, MI -- Upper Peninsula Power Company crews are continuing efforts to restore service to customers effected by Sunday’s storms. UPPCO is encouraging people to report all downed electric power lines or unsafe conditions that may have resulted from the intense storms that hit early Sunday morning. Brett French, Vice-President of Business Development and Communications, says people should never approach or make contact with any utility equipment.

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