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Michigan Seeks Federal Assistance for Road Repairs

Wed July 11, 2018 - Midwest Edition #14
Associated Press


Michigan is asking for federal help to pay for flood-damaged roads.
Michigan is asking for federal help to pay for flood-damaged roads.

HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) Michigan is asking the federal government for help paying for repairs to flood-damaged roads in the Upper Peninsula and says road damage is expected to exceed $28.7 million.

The Michigan Department of Transportation announced June 26 that it's submitted a notice of intent to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration requesting emergency relief funds for use in Houghton, Menominee and Gogebic counties.

Gov. Rick Snyder earlier included those counties in the state's disaster declaration that makes available all state resources in cooperation with local response and recovery efforts.

Heavy rains June 16-17 swelled waterways that washed away large chunks of concrete and asphalt, littering roads with debris. Some residents used boats to get around. Michigan's National Guard deployed soldiers and heavy equipment help remove debris and repair roads.