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Wisconsin, UP Receive $28 Million to Fix Roads from June Storms

June flooding closed U.S. Highway 2 in Bayfield County for more than two months. June flooding closed U.S. Highway 2 in Bayfield County for more than two months. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

Created: February 05, 2019 03:53 PM

The Federal Highway Administration has announced more than $28 million in emergency relief funds to repair damage from flooding brought on by heavy rains last June in Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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The FHA announced the funding Tuesday as part of more than $705.7 million in funding to help 34 states and three territories make repairs to roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods, and other unexpected events.

Wisconsin will receive $5,339,065 and Michigan will receive $19,200,000. An additional $3,823,238 will pay for June damage on federal lands in Wisconsin.

The June storm washed out numerous roads and highways in northwestern Wisconsin, closing U.S. Highway 2 in Bayfield County for more than two months. In the western UP, floodwaters washed away large chunks of concrete and asphalt, severely damaging roads and creating dozens of sinkholes.

Wisconsin is also receiving $12,255,500 for road repairs made necessary by August storms elsewhere in the state, and Michigan also is receiving nearly $728,000 July storm repairs.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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