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Western U.P. receives nearly $20 million in federal funding to repair flood damage

damaged road and car
Vicky Ingram
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A washed-out road in Lake Linden, Michigan shown just after extensive flooding in June 2018.

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration has given western Upper Peninsula counties a grant to rebuild flood-damaged roads.

Congressman Jack Bergman announced Tuesday that Gogebic, Houghton and Menominee counties will receive $19.2 million. Record rainfall caused extensive flooding in those counties in June 2018, which destroyed infrastructure and killed one person.

The funds can be spent on federal-aid highways or roads on federal lands, where several culverts and bridges were washed out.

In a press release, Bergman, who represents District 1 where the floods took place, said the grant will "help ensure the affected counties have the resources to appropriately rebuild."

The money is part of more than $700 million in emergency relief funds being granted around the country for repairs to infrastructure damaged by floods and other natural hazards.

Kaye is an alumnus of Michigan Tech's environmental engineering program. She got her start making maps for the Traverse City-Based water news organization Circle of Blue, and, since then, she's been pretty devoted to science communication and data visualization.
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