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State wants federal disaster declaration, aid for UP flooding

A flooded road in Houghton.
Kaye LaFond
Michigan Radio

The state is asking President Trump to declare three Upper Peninsula counties hit by flash floodinglast 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 rainfallon June 17th, flooding homes, buckling roads, and causing one death.

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.

Sarah Cwiek joined Michigan Public in October 2009. As our Detroit reporter, she is helping us expand our coverage of the economy, politics, and culture in and around the city of Detroit.
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