abc
QUICK LINKS:

Feds Deny Support for Gogebic Co. Freeze Damage

Updated: 07/26/2014 8:21 AM
Created: 07/26/2014 8:17 AM WDIO.com

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials say northern communities, including Gogebic County, dealing with damage caused by last winter's extreme cold aren't eligible for federal support through a presidential disaster declaration.

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division said Friday the Federal Emergency Management Agency conducted damage assessments. It found that $10.1 million in submitted damages were eligible toward the $13.7 million statewide threshold that's necessary before a presidential disaster declaration can be made.

State officials say they are exploring alternatives to help communities recover and rebuild.

More than $6 million in Community Development Block Grants were approved by the state this week for counties to repair damaged water and sewer mains, roads and other infrastructure.

Gov. Rick Snyder declared states of emergency or disaster in Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Delta, Emmet, Gogebic, Luce,  Mackinac, and Marquette counties last spring.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Front Page

  • Shaniya Chism Missing Duluth Kids Found in Buffalo, New York

    The Duluth Police Department says two children reported missing have been found safe.  The department announced Friday evening that 7-month-old Shaniya Chism and 2-year-old Jameicia Chapman were found in Buffalo, New York.

  • Girls-Only Shop Class Aims to Narrow Industry Gender Gaps

    More women are now pursuing STEM fields, but there's still huge gender gaps in industries like manufacturing, machining and carpentry. a girls-only shop class at one Northland high school might be a way to change that.

  • FEMA Awards Grant to Lake County to Mitigate Structure Fires

    FEMA has awarded Lake County, Minnesota over $500,000 in a grant for the addition of metal roofing to 65 residential and commercial structures. Construction on some of the buildings can start as soon as the roofing season in northeastern Minnesota begins.

  • MN Congressional Delegation and Lt. Gov. Meet at White House About Steel Imports

    Minnesota's federal lawmakers met with officials at the White House on Friday, to press their case about the problem of steel imports.

  • Gogebic Taconite Withdraws Wisconsin Application

    The state Department of Natural Resources says a company that was looking to open a huge iron mine in northern Wisconsin has officially withdrawn its plans. Gogebic Taconite was considering digging a 4½-mile long mine in the Penokee Hills just south of Lake Superior but announced last month it was closing its office in Hurley and future investment in the project wasn't feasible.

 
Advertisement