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State wants federal disaster declaration, aid for UP flooding

Jul 9, 2018

The state is asking President Trump to declare three Upper Peninsula counties hit by flash flooding last month disaster areas.

Lt. Governor Brian Calley wants the federal designation extended to Houghton, Gogebic, and Menominee counties. Those counties were hit by record-breaking rainfall on June 17th, flooding homes, buckling roads, and causing one death.

A flooded road in Houghton.
Credit Kaye LaFond / Michigan Radio

State officials say the damage is extensive enough to request federal aid for the ongoing recovery effort.

The request comes after an “in-depth assessment of damage to the area,” according to a news release from the governors office. It goes on to say that Calley “has requested supplementary federal aid in the form of Public Assistance and Individual Assistance to help eligible residents, business, and local governments because of the severity and magnitude of the flooding.”

That aid could include grants for home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and assistance for damage to public infrastructure like schools and roads.

Gov. Snyder declared a state of disaster for the three counties last month.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will review Calley’s request and advise President Trump, who will make the final decision.