Gov. Rick Snyder Monday declared a state of disaster for Houghton and Menominee counties after severe weather and heavy rainfall struck both counties, resulting in widespread flooding damage. The declaration of disaster will allow for National Guard deployment in these counties to assist with road repairs in the affected areas.
“I appreciate the dedication of our state and local emergency response teams and volunteers who have been working diligently to protect the public health and safety of our residents affected by this severe flooding,” Snyder said.
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Severe flooding has caused major problems in the Copper Country.
The National Weather Service says that between three-and-seven inches of rain fell in a short period of time early Sunday morning, causing numerous roads to be washed out. The downtown Houghton business district has been decimated by flooding,
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette reminds Michigan Upper Peninsula residents about resources available to them after catastrophic flash flooding that occurred over the weekend.
“It is vital to the state of Michigan that we help protect and keep Michiganians safe during times of need,” said Schuette. “The catastrophic floods devasting Michigan’s Copper Country are horrible in their own right and it’s important that residents know how to protect themselves against unscrupulous individuals who often take advantage in the aftermath of these types of situations.”
Emergency Resources for Residents Impacted by Floods
Full shelter resources are available for those in the Upper Peninsula who have severe damage to their homes.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Monday joined United States Congressman Glenn Grothman, Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary Dave Ross, S.S. Badger/ Lake Michigan Carferry (LMC) company representatives, and Manitowoc officials for the groundbreaking of a $4 million project that will permanently repair the bulkhead and fender system damaged during the 2015-2016 winter. The City of Manitowoc is receiving over $3 million in Harbor Assistance Program (HAP) grants from the state to help fund the construction.
Now that the school year is over, families are encouraged to register their kids in a fun, fulfilling summer school program at Holy Name Catholic School.
This summer, Holy Name Catholic School will again be holding its Summer Academy, with the theme this summer being “explorers.” Summer Academy is open to area students in kindergarten through eighth grade, from all area families (current Holy Name families and non-Holy Name families), and will run from July 9 through Aug.
Michigan has formally pledged its $50 million commitment to upgrading the Soo Locks in a letter sent last Friday to President Trump.
“Congress approved construction of an additional 1,000-foot lock in 1986 but we have been waiting for funding to make the project a reality ever since,” Snyder said. “We appreciate President Trump’s commitment to this critical infrastructure project and will continue working with the White House and Congress to move it forward.”
US-41 has partially reopened after heavy rains and flooding in Houghton County forced several road closures Sunday morning. Other closures remain in effect as repair efforts continue.
– US-41 between Chassell and Houghton has suffered pavement damage and multiple shoulder washouts. The route is now open but limited to one lane in each direction in some areas. Temporary traffic signals are in use near Denton Road and north of the Pilgrim River bridge.
The State of Michigan activated the State Emergency Operations Center Sunday due to flooding and severe weather in Houghton and Menominee counties.
The SEOC was activated as of 11:23 a.m., according to the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD). SEOC personnel are monitoring the situation and working with state and local officials as well as private sector partners to ensure any resource needs are met. MSP/EMHSD district coordinators are on scene with local emergency management officials and supporting local emergency operation centers.
The historic flooding in the Houghton area has led to the closure of the Houghton County Courthouse building.
This is closed until further notice.
Meanwhile, county officials report that there has been no structural damage done to any buildings at the Houghton County Airport. Officials were waiting Sunday for the flood water to drain before re-opening the airport.
A pickup driver is facing a raft of charges after police say he ran into several vehicles in Escanaba Saturday night.
An Escanaba Public Safety officer witnessed one of the crashes just after 8 p.m. at the intersection of North Lincoln Road and Third Avenue North. Public Safety then got calls of other crashes—including a report that the driver had rammed one vehicle several times. Officers needed help from several bystanders to subdue the suspect,