Press Releases

GLCC runs volunteer center

HOUGHTON — The Great Lakes Conservation Corps (GLCC) is currently coordinating the Houghton Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) and Donation Center seven days a week to assist local communities with disaster recovery. The volunteer center is located in the Copper Country Mall and is currently ...

Dianda asks Trump for fed disaster declaration

CALUMET — State Rep. Scott Dianda, D-Calumet, introduced a House resolution today asking President Donald Trump to declare a major disaster for the Michigan U.P. counties of Houghton, Gogebic and Menominee, which are still struggling to clean up and rebuild after widespread damage from ...

DNR council to discuss flood

HOUGHTON — The DNR's Western Upper Peninsula Citizens' Advisory Council will meet in Houghton Tuesday, exactly one month since flash flooding devastated many places in and around the Houghton-Hancock area, including state-managed trails and boating access sites. Among its agenda items, the ...

Parking at HS for vol photo

HANCOCK — Due to strong interest in the Copper Country Strong photo scheduled for Tuesday at UP Health - Portage hospital in Hancock, parking has been moved to Hancock High School. The Copper Country Strong photo is scheduled to take place at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday. Volunteers will assist ...

Officials await decision by FEMA

HOUGHTON — The official request for a Houghton County Federal Disaster Declaration has left Michigan and is now in Washington, D.C. awaiting evaluation by FEMA. Information regarding damage and repair estimates were gathered by local, county and state officials and sent to the governor’s ...

Democrats unveil plan for small business growth

LANSING — House Democrats unveiled their latest proposal to create good jobs with strong benefits and foster neighborhood business growth Monday in a press call outlining the Neighborhood Businesses, Neighborhood Growth package. Neighborhood businesses created more than 34,000 jobs in ...

Houghton County flood disaster update

HOUGHTON — Debris removal, roads, streams and a possible homeowner security issues were the topics of discussion during Friday morning's briefing of state and local officials working on the Houghton County Fathers Day flooding. It was noted that volunteers are going door-to-door in some ...

Houghton County begins third week of recovery

HOUGHTON – Weekend downpours caused only minor delays in repair work being done on roads and culverts in and around Houghton County over the weekend. Local officials say it was a good test of the work done so far but cautioned there is still much to be done. “Our main objective is to ...

Local beach status update

WESTERN UPPER PENINSULA – Western U.P. Health Department staff continue to monitor surface water quality at 41 locations throughout the Western Upper Peninsula. Based on the most recent lab results, 18 beach locations are classified as open and safe for swimming, and one additional location ...

DNR reopens some Houghton County recreation trails

HANCOCK — Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials announced today that some recreation trails have been reopened in Houghton County. The area was hit hard by heavy rains on June 17, damaging DNR-maintained ATV and snowmobile trails in the Houghton—Hancock area. “Ground crews ...

CCMH offers help to community

Copper Country Mental Health would like to offer assistance to our community in the aftermath of the recent flood. We will have no cost, confidential, walk-in sessions available to anyone in the community that has been affected directly or indirectly by this natural disaster. Psychological ...

PHF announces $3.8M goal in flood response

HANCOCK — The Portage Health Foundation announced the Flood with Love action plan to guide its allocation of funds raised for relief after the June 17 floods in the Copper Country. In a release Thursday, Executive Director kevin Store estimated the Portage Health Foundation would provide ...

Houghton County disaster recovery update

HOUGHTON — The FEMA and State assessment teams wrapped up their work in Houghton County Thursday and will be moving on to review flood damage sustained in Gogebic and Memominee Counties. The Volunteer Reception Center, currently located at the Evangel Church on College Avenue mved to the ...

SBDC offers update on recent flood recovery

The Michigan Small Business Development Center of the Upper Peninsula, in response the flood damage, continues to collect information on all small businesses in the region that were affected or sustained damage from the flooding. This could include physical damage to property, loss of sales due ...

Houghton County disaster recovery update

HOUGHTON – A collection event for household hazardous waste has been scheduled for Friday, July 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will be held on Macdonald Street behind the Lake Linden Village Park. A complete list of items that will and will not be accepted is included in a separate ...

DNR Begins Restoration of Recreation Trails

HANCOCK – Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials are preparing to reopen some recreation trail areas of Houghton County that were hit hard by heavy rains on June 17. The rains did significant damage to DNR-maintained ATV and snowmobile trails in the Houghton–Hancock area. ...

Hazardous waste collection event

LAKE LINDEN — A collection event for household hazardous waste has been scheduled for 10 a.m to 6 p.m. July 6. The event will be held on Macdonald Street behind the Lake Linden Village Park. The event is only for Houghton County residential flood victims. Residents are encouraged to ...

Houghton County disaster recovery update

HOUGHTON — With the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Michigan Department of Natural Resources reporting their estimated cost to repair the damages sustained in Houghton County, the total cost for all damage to public infrastructure now sits at approximately $100 million. This ...

MDOT requests federal aid

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) submitted a notice of intent to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today requesting emergency relief funds to repair flood-damaged roads in the Upper Peninsula. If granted, the funds would be ...

County officials ask for slowing of supply donations

The response to our recent flood disaster has been overwhelming, and the Copper Country cannot be thankful enough for the support that's been received. However, as of now, volunteers have reached a point where enough normal supplies are on hand. Officials are now asking that the flow of ...