MDOT submits request for federal aid to repair roads damaged by flooding

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HOUGHTON, GOGEBIC AND MENOMINEE COUNTIES– The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) submitted a notice of intent to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today requesting emergency relief funds to repair flood-damaged roads in the Upper Peninsula. If granted, the funds would be used to repair federally funded state and local roads in Houghton, Menominee, and Gogebic counties – declared a “state of disaster” by Gov. Rick Snyder last week. Numerous roads were heavily damaged by extreme runoff and flooding following intense rain on June 16-17.

Damage estimates to roads in these counties are anticipated to exceed $28.7 million. FHWA will determine eligibility for federal relief funds following a review of the estimates. MDOT is requesting the expedited release of any federal funds.

Gov. Snyder declared a state of disaster for Houghton and Menominee counties on June 18 and for Gogebic County on June 21 due to severe weather and widespread flooding on June 16-17, making available state aid and assistance to communities in the disaster area. By declaring a state of disaster, the State of Michigan makes available all state resources in cooperation with local response and recovery efforts in the disaster area as outlined in the Michigan Emergency Management Plan. The declaration authorizes the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division to coordinate state efforts.

MDOT will continue to monitor roadways in the area and contractors are working to repair flood damage. All roads in the disaster area, even if they are open to traffic, are not back to normal. Motorists should use extra caution and be alert for changing conditions, road workers, volunteers, and potential hazards.

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