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Help Is Just A Phone Call Away

The rally of the community has been so great that there appears to be more volunteers than there are projects. It’s both a testament to the spirit of community in the area as well as the residents’ resilience in taking care of themselves. Houghton County Administrator Eric Forsberg is asking …

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Update On Houghton County Recovery Effort

County and state officials are working together to restore the Copper Country after devastating flash floods over the weekend. A press conference was held at the Houghton County Courthouse Tuesday to update the public on the recovery and relief effort. Emergency Services Coordinator Chris Van Arsdale said the 7 ½ …

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Child Pulled From Basement Dies

The 12-year-old boy from Houghton County who was trapped Sunday morning when a mudslide struck his home has died. Thatcher Markham of Houghton was sleeping in a basement bedroom around 5:00am when the storm hit and produced sudden flash flooding. Thatcher’s father, Rodney Markham, was able to dig his son …

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Community Comes Together For Cleanup

As communities across Houghton County begin cleanup efforts, government officials are putting the pieces in place to move forward after the weekend’s storm, and many community members have stepped up to the plate and asked “what can I do to help?” “We’ve had mass devastation in our communities. We’re assessing …

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UPPCO Addressing Power Outages Related To Storm

Marquette – Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) crews responded to the devastating aftermath of the intense storms that passed through the Upper Peninsula early Sunday morning. “Our crews worked throughout the day and into the night to address unsafe conditions and restore service to our customers,” said Brett French, Vice-President …

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Snyder Issues Houghton County Disaster Declaration

Gov. Rick Snyder today declared a state of disaster for Houghton County, after severe weather and heavy rainfall caused widespread damage on Sunday. Snyder also issued a disaster declaration for Menominee County, which was also hard-hit. The declaration of disaster will allow for National Guard deployment in these counties to …

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Storm Relief Fund Established

The Portage Health Foundation has established a fund to which money may be donated to assist in relief efforts following Sunday’s storms. The Houghton County Flood Relief Fund will receive and hold monies. Disbursement will be overseen by the Portage Health Foundation Board of Directors, with input from the Houghton …

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