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Federal funds to aid repairs from U.P. flooding

Associated Press

Lansing – The federal government is injecting $2 million to help patch up flood-damaged roads in Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration announced the emergency relief funds that will reimburse the state for initial repairs.

The money will be used to repair roads and bridges that were wrecked by heavy rainfall last month. The rain swelled waterways that washed away large chunks of concrete and asphalt, littering roads with debris. Some residents used boats to get around.

Gov. Rick Snyder issued disaster declarations for Gogebic, Houghton and Menominee counties. That made them eligible for state resources.

Long-term damage assessment is still ongoing.