Feds give Mich. $2M to fix U.P. flood damage
Michigan is receiving $2 million in emergency funds to repair roads and bridges damaged by flooding last month in the western Upper Peninsula, the Federal Highway Administration announced Tuesday.
The money from the Emergency Relief will help get work started to fix the infrastructure damaged by 7-10 inches of rain June 17 in Gogebic, Houghton and Menominee counties.
“The Upper Peninsula of Michigan experienced considerable damage to roads and bridges as the result of heavy rainfall and flooding that these quick release funds will help address," acting Federal Highway Administrator Brandye L. Hendrickson said in a statement. "The funding represents the first installment of funds to the state to ensure all necessary repairs are completed as quickly as possible.”
The historic flood damage created dozens of sinkholes, leaving roads impassable and residents stuck in their homes. Sections of roads, including US-41 and M-26 and M-203, were inaccessible and debris-covered. At least one person was hospitalized.