Lake Linden Damage: Village estimates flood caused more than $1M

Graham Jaehnig/Daily Mining Gazette Water rushes through a yard in Lake Linden June 17. The village suffered an estimated $1.1 million in damage as a result of the flood, Village Clerk Bob Poirier said Thursday.

LAKE LINDEN — Lake Linden suffered an estimated $1.1 million in damage in the June 17 flood, Clerk Bob Poirier said at Thursday night’s Village Council meeting.

However, much of that will be ineligible for reimbursement through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Poirier said.

“FEMA’s scope is that they only restore infrastructure to what it was before, and frankly it wasn’t that much before,” he said.

The village submitted projects on Second Street and 11th Street. Work on 11th Street crosses over multiple jurisdictions.

G Street, which suffered extensive damage, was submitted by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) due to washouts on DNR trails.

“There was some work to get those projects separated because of the jurisdictional issues, and ultimately with the funding from FEMA, you have to be legally responsible for the infrastructure in that area,” Poirier said.

The village will be able to receive reimbursement from FEMA for the initial response form the Department of Public Works and Lake Linden first responders.

The cost for the response was $95,000 for the village, Poirier said.

If the final costs are enough to trigger a federal declaration, FEMA would pay 75 percent, with the state providing 12.5 percent of costs.

Poirier expected a decision by the end of July.

“There’s a lot of concern about the timetable for repairing all the projects based on that because our season is pretty short up here as far as construction goes,” he said.

Poirier thanked the numerous area agencies, businesses and volunteers assisting during the cleanup.

“Everybody’s been great and understanding and easy to deal with,” he said.

The village also approved $2,500 for its Fourth of July celebration.

After a vote, the Lake Linden Fire Department, which organizes the event, decided not to go door-to-door to sell buttons as a fundraiser. The buttons are still available from department members.

“I think people would be so disappointed if the firemen just said, ‘We can’t do it this year,'” said President Pro Tem Allan Hoffman. “We need to build the town up and the spirits up.”

The village approved a budget with $579,000 in general fund revenues and expenditures. The budget had been assembled prior to the storm, Poirier said.

Lake Linden also approved a total property tax millage of 19.2892 mills, the same amount as last year.