Houghton County flooding

LANSING, MI--   The state says it will cover the entire 25-percent local match FEMA requires in order to get funding for flood repairs. 

June floods caused significant damage to Houghton, Menominee, and Gogebic counties. FEMA calculated public agencies in those counties sustained nearly $30 million dollars in damages that are eligible for public assistance.

Governor Rick Snyder had initially said the state would cover half the local match. Houghton County Administrator Eric Forsberg said it would take some municipalities five years to come up with that amount of money.

HOUGHTON, MI--   The state is matching half of U.P. municipalities’ $7.4 million tab for flood damage, but repairs will likely remain on hold. 

FEMA says Houghton, Gogebic, and Menominee counties sustained nearly $30 million in damage. Local entities must match 25 percent in order to get the full amount of relief.

Houghton County Administrator Eric Forsberg says the money will help, but county entities will still struggle to meet the match.

MARQUETTE, MI--   FEMA has denied an appeal for individual assistance for those affected by June flooding in the U.P. 

According to the denial letter, FEMA determined that the local and state impact from the severe storms and flooding was not beyond the combined capabilities of the state and local governments.

SOUTH RANGE, MI (AP)--   The Historical Society of Michigan has raised $10,000 to help two groups recover from major flooding in the Western Upper Peninsula.

The Houghton County Historical Society is getting $8,000 after its storage building flooded in June. Water and sediment also filled the storage basement at the Copper Range Historical Society, which is receiving $2,000.

Larry Wagenaar of the Historical Society of Michigan says the damage was "overwhelming." He estimates that the Houghton County group might have damage worth $100,000 or more.

WASHINGTON, D.C.--   FEMA has denied individual assistance for Houghton, Gogebic and Menominee county residents whose homes were damaged in June flooding.

Last week FEMA declared the areas eligible to receive assistance through its Public Assistance Program, but the program offers financial help for infrastructure like roads and water systems—not individual homes. FEMA officials say the impact of the flooding to individuals and households was not of the severity and magnitude to warrant federal assistance.

LANSING, MI-- The following was released from Governor Rick Snyder's office:

Gov. Rick Snyder today announced President Donald Trump has declared a major disaster area for three counties in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula due to severe storms on June 16-17 that resulted in severe flood damage. The affected counties include: Houghton, Gogebic and 


HOUGHTON, MI--   The Michigan Realtors Relief Fund has donated $50,000 to help Houghton County flood victims pay rent and mortgages.

Created in response to the Flint water crisis, the fund now provides housing-related assistance to victims of other disasters. Money is available through the Upper Peninsula Association of Realtors.

Residents are eligible for up to $1,000 per applicant per household. Officials say the money can help pay a mortgage for those whose homes were damaged or destroyed, or it can be used for rent for someone displaced by the flooding.


HOUGHTON, MI--   The Houghton County Volunteer Resource and Donation Center is now closed.

Opened in response to Father’s Day flooding, the center’s goods have been distributed to local charities.

Flood victims in need of bottled water or cleaning supplies can contact the Salvation Army at 482-3420 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Residents needing bottled water can also check with their local fire departments.

Flood victims who need other assistance are encouraged to contact local charities.

LANSING, MI--   Governor Rick Snyder has declared a second state of disaster for Houghton County. 

The move comes after heavy rainfall and widespread flooding on July 12 caused damage to the area still recovering from flash flooding on Father’s Day. The declaration will allow the state to make additional resources available. It will also open the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund to provide more financial assistance.

HOUGHTON, MI--   The Keweenaw Community Foundation says funding is still available for those whose homes were severely damaged by Houghton County flooding.