Bergman announces $19.2 Million DOT Grant for Western U.P. in Wake of Fathers Day Flood
Last year's devastating Father’s Day flooding throughout the Western Upper Peninsula left many homes, roads, and bridges with devastating damage. Today, Rep. Bergman issued the following release announcing a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Grant:
"DOT has granted $19.2 million for the repair or reconstruction of Federal-aid highways and roads on Federal lands that suffered serious damage as a result of the Father's Day flooding in the Western U.P. Those Counties were faced with an unprecedented hurdle due to damaged infrastructure, and this major grant will help ensure the affected counties have the resources to appropriately rebuild," said Bergman.
On June 17, 2018, heavy rainfall caused flooding in Gogebic, Houghton, and Menominee Counties in the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Areas of the affected counties received as much as 7 to 10 inches of rain in a matter of hours causing extreme runoff and flooding. Significant damage to state and local Federal-aid routes resulted, including several bridge and culvert washouts. One fatality directly attributable to the event was reported.