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Wed June 19, 2013
Disaster declared in flood-hit counties
WASHINGTON, D.C.-- President Barack Obama has issued a disaster declaration for Michigan counties affected by severe spring flooding.
High waters in 16 counties—including Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Keweenaw, and Marquette—caused millions of dollars in damage.
U.S. Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow sent a letter to the president asking him to declare a disaster in those areas, which would allow state and local governments to access federal aid. Funding will be available on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged from April 16 to May 14.
The state estimates repairs could cost about $18.5 million.