Houghton County flooding

HOUGHTON, MI--   Cleanup of flood damage in Houghton County continues, and officials say help is still needed. 

County Administrator Eric Forsberg says last week’s heavy rains produced 18 new washouts that had to be repaired. He says with total damage estimated at $100 million officials are hoping that the region will be declared a disaster area and FEMA will send money, but Forsberg says the county likely won’t get as much as it really needs.

HOUGHTON, MI--   From Houghton County officials:

This letter is being distributed as a guide regarding the assistance that is available for Houghton County residents that have been affected by the recent floods.

First, if you need assistance cleaning out the flood damaged areas of your home or property including removing flood waters, muck, debris, carpet, drywall etc., volunteer help to do that work is available by calling (906) 233-6621. 

HOUGHTON, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources is reevaluating work done on Houghton County trails following heavy rains last week. 

Initial reports received late Thursday indicate runoff from the rainfall had undermined progress made over some parts of the trail system, while in other areas repairs remained intact. Central Upper Peninsula Trails Specialist Rob Katona says crews expect to find additional damage, primarily to sites that were previously damaged in June and have not been restored.

HOUGHTON COUNTY, MI--   Hard work to repair flood-damaged streets in the Copper Country was washed away Thursday. 

Heavy rains in Houghton County forced lane closures on M-26 between Dollar Bay and Tamarack City as officials tried to repair portions of the roadway. The highway was closed between Tamarack City and Hubbell because of water over the road.

The rain once again created rivers of Houghton County streets patched over after devastating floods hit the region on Fathers’ Day.

WASHINGTON, D.C.--   U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) and Representative Jack Bergman (R-MI) yesterday urged President Trump to approve Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley’s request for a major disaster declaration following severe flash flooding that affected Houghton, Gogebic and Menominee counties. 

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Department of Transportation has approved a $4 million loan to help fund repair of flood-damaged roads in Houghton County.

The no-interest loan comes from the Michigan State Infrastructure Bank. It requires approval by the State Administrative Board, and is scheduled to be reviewed at its July 17 meeting.

The Houghton County Road Commission would receive the money over five years. It would allow the commission to expedite numerous road projects to repair flood damage.

HOUGHTON, MI--   Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and the Houghton Police Department are warning about disaster scammers. 

Schuette toured flood damage in the Copper Country Friday. WLUC-TV reports Schuette says scammers are always looking for a way to make money. Houghton Police Chief John Donnelly says residents should especially watch out for those who want to quick seal damaged basements. He says steer clear of anyone who says it has to be done immediately.

Residents should also be careful of so-called contractors going door-to-door to sell their services.

WASHINGTON, D.C.--   The Federal Highway Administration Tuesday announced the immediate availability of $2 million in Emergency Relief program funds to help begin repairs on flood-damaged roads and bridges in Michigan.

ATLANTIC MINE, MI (AP)--   Michigan National Guard members are wrapping up emergency work after severe flooding in Houghton County.

As many as 75 soldiers have been working 12-hour days to make roads accessible again for emergency vehicles. The mission could end Friday.

Maj. Lucas Lanczy says the main goal was to ensure that homes could be reached for emergency services. That meant clearing roads and unplugging culverts.

HOUGHTON COUNTY, MI--   Houghton County has more than enough bottled water, but recovery workers still have a long list of needs.

Supply distribution centers are looking for items like dehumidifiers, fans, face masks, metal rakes, Gatorade, squeegees, wheelbarrows, and general cleaning supplies. Volunteers are also needed to do physical labor like debris removal and mucking. Those who would like to volunteer must be 18 or older. Those under 18 need the signature of a parent or guardian.