July 3, 2018
Federal funding has been made immediately available to aid in the repair and reconstruction of roads and bridges that have suffered serious damage as a result of heavy rainfall and flooding in the Western Upper Peninsula.
The Federal Highway Administration announced $2 million in Emergency Relief program funds to help begin the process. The “quick release” funding will be used to restore essential traffic for local communities.
On June 17, heavy rainfall caused flooding in Gogebic, Houghton, and Menominee Counties in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Areas of the affected counties received as much as 7 to 10 inches of rain in a matter of hours that caused extreme runoff and flooding. Significant damage to state and local federal-aid routes resulted, including several bridge and culvert washouts.
This initial “quick release” payment is considered a down payment on the costs of short-term repairs while the state continues damage assessments for long-term repairs. The FHWA’s ER program provides funding for highways and bridges damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic events.
About the Disaster
Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of disaster for Houghton and Menominee counties on June 18 and for Gogebic County on June 21, due to severe weather and widespread flooding on June 17, making available state aid and assistance to communities in the disaster area. By declaring a state of disaster, the State of Michigan makes available all state resources in cooperation with local response and recovery efforts in the disaster area as outlined in the Michigan Emergency Management Plan. The declaration authorizes the MSP/EMHSD to coordinate state efforts.
The public is encouraged to monitor local media for up-to-date weather reports and emergency information. For updated information and additional safety tips, follow the MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS or go to www.michigan.gov/miready. For additional information on flooding in the western Upper Peninsula visit www.michigan.gov/emhsd.