Bergman announces DOT grant

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — Congressman Jack Bergman announced an $8,800,000 grant from the Department of Transportation (DOT) for counties affected by the Father’s Day flood.

On June 17, 2018, heavy rainfall caused flooding in Gogebic, Houghton, and Menominee Counties in the Western Upper Peninsula. Areas of the affected counties received as much as 7 to 10 inches of rain in a matter of hours that caused 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 had been reported.

“I appreciate President Trump and his administration’s continued support for rural America and the unique challenges we face. In the wake of the damage caused during the Father’s Day storm, this federal investment will help our rural communities in Gogebic, Houghton, and Menominee Counties continue to rebuild and recover. First responders, commuters, and students in the UP rely on these roads, and our local families look forward to having them restored,” Bergman said.