Houghton County disaster cost estimates

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HOUGHTON COUNTY — With it being just over a week since the devastating flooding that occurred in the Copper Country, preliminary damage estimates are beginning to be reported.

Houghton County submitted estimates to the State of Michigan totaling approximately 50 million dollars in infrastructure damage; including damage to county and local roads as well as municipal water, sewage, and drainage systems.

That cost estimate does not include damage to State of Michigan assets such as MDOT roads and DNR trails, which are all reported directly to the state. The number also does not include damage to individual homes and businesses.

The current count of damaged structures in Houghton County includes…151 having minor damage, 70 having major damage, 9 that are inaccessible and 4 that have been destroyed. Approximately 1,000 homes and businesses were visited by the assessment teams.

The Michigan DNR has also reported that after completion of their recreational trail inspection, all Houghton County trails are closed until further notice. Trails in Keweenaw County are open.

There is still a great need for volunteers to help with clean-up. Individuals who would like to volunteer should be 18 and over. If under 18, a parent/guardian signature is required. Volunteers can register in person at the Volunteer Resource Center (VRC) at Evangel Church, 1114 College Avenue in Houghton. You can also call, (906)233-6621, to register as a volunteer. 

If you are unable to volunteer, consider donating items and essentials. Below are lists of items needed and the distribution center that needs them. PLEASE NOTE: Bottled water is not needed at any site!

DEE STADIUM

NEEDS

  • Dehumidifiers
  • Face masks
  • Fans
  • Squeegees
  • Shop Vac
  • Wheelbarrows 
  • Metal Rakes 
  • Duct Tape
  • Eye Protection
  • First-Aid Kits
  • Hose Splitters
  • Pick Axes
  • Pry Bars
  • Crow Bars
  • Rubber Boots
  • Spray Bottles
  • Hard Hats

NOTE: Bottled water, clothing items and paper items are not needed

(last updated: June 23, 3 p.m.)

HUBBELL FIRE DEPARTMENT 

NEEDS

  • Dehumidifiers
  • Damp Aid (moisture eliminated)
  • General Cleaning Supplies, especially those in a spray bottle
  • Squeegees
  • Ice

(last updated: June 23, 3 p.m.)

VOLUNTEER RECEPTION CENTER

NEEDS

  • Dehumidifiers
  • Fans
  • Squeegees
  • Wheelbarrows 
  • Metal Rakes 
  • Gatorade (ideally small bottles)
  • Work Gloves
  • Large Rubbermaid trash bins 
  • Contractor Bags 
  • Utility Knives 
  • Shovels
  • Tools
  • Mops
  • Five-Gallon Buckets 
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Hand Sanitizer

NOTE: Bottled water, clothing items and paper items are not needed

(last updated: June 23, 3 p.m.)

RED CROSS AT CALUMET COLOSSEUM

  • 112 Red Jacket Road in Calumet
  • (906) 236-5962

NEEDS

  • Dehumidifiers
  • Face masks
  • Gatorade (ideally small bottles)
  • Garden Hoses
  • Flash Lights 
  • Carpet Cleaner
  • Sump Pumps 
  • General Cleaning Supplies
  • Snacks
  • Paper towels

If you are in Houghton County and need assistance you can dial 211. Supplies and essentials are available at any of the sites listed above. Local businesses and organizations are also offering free resources. For more information, click here.

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