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FEMA and SBA visit UP counties to evaluate flood damage

MARQUETTE, MI— The Federal Emergency Management Agency was in the Upper Peninsula this week to look at infrastructure damaged by recent flooding.

Marquette County Emergency Manager Brian Hummel says FEMA visited more than 60 sites in the county to evaluate the extent of the damage.

“Our hope is that FEMA found enough documentation to make a recommendation for a presidential disaster declaration. And in a situation like that, it would open up federal sources of funding to alleviate the fiscal impact on our county governments.”

Hummel says the Small Business Administration was also in the area to see if it could help.

“We don’t have enough impact to homes and businesses to qualify for FEMA assistance for individuals, so we’re working with the SBA to see if we qualify for their assistance.”

Hummel hopes to find out in the near future if county homes and businesses meet the threshold for SBA funding.

Flood damage to Marquette County infrastructure alone is estimated at $6.5 million to $7 million.

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.