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

damaged road and car
Vicky Ingram
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.

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