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Governor Issues Emergency Declaration for Gogebic Co.

Gov. Rick Snyder has added Gogebic County to an emergency declaration to help pay for damage to water lines caused by extreme cold this winter and spring.

When the county submitted the request late last month, more than 2,800 homes in the county were still being allowed to let their water run to prevent pipes from freezing.  The water plant serving Ironwood and Bessemer has been in operation around the clock to keep up with demand.

Local governments are also working to repair 68 broken water mains and hundreds of frozen fire hydrants.  County Board Chair Tom Gerovac said the problem has cost $1.7 million as of April 25.

A total of nine Michigan counties are now covered under the emergency declaration stemming from extreme cold.

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