Houghton now dealing with the aftermath of floods

Published: Jun. 18, 2018 at 6:56 PM EDT
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(06/18/2018) - Heavy rainfall across the Upper Peninsula brought on flooding that washed away several roads in Houghton County and created 60 sinkholes across the Keweenaw Peninsula.

The storms are over but now the work is just beginning.

Up to six inches of rain fell on some areas in Michigan's Upper Peninsula in just a matter of hours causing the destructive floods

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency for portions of Houghton County early Sunday, warning residents not to travel in the area unless they were under an evacuation order or fleeing flooding. But that was lifted Monday 2pm.

A flood warning for the Sturgeon River near Alston still remains in effect until Tuesday night.

Michigan Technological University in Houghton remained closed on Monday due to the flood damage and asked people not to come to campus.

Sunday morning The State of Michigan activated the State Emergency Operations Center due to the flooding and severe weather in Houghton and Menominee counties.

Monday afternoon Michigan Governor Rick Snyder declared a state of disaster for the area, meaning National Guard can be deployed in the counties to help with road repair.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette also reminds residents that American Red Cross is operating a shelter at the Calumet Colosseum for residents with severe damage done to their home.

Schuette also warns people in the UP to be on alert for possible scams that often come in the wake of natural disasters.

The storms have passed and there's much rain in forecast for the near future but there is still a large amount of work to do before things get back to normal.