Flood damage estimated to be well into the millions

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HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) - Flood damage recovery continues across Houghton County this weekend as preliminary cost estimates total well into the millions. Many communities are still in need of volunteers and donations.

“We're focusing our effort on the M-26 corridor, M-203, Stanton Township and Chassell Township. People have asked what kind of volunteer help we still need. Basically all kinds of help. We are just very grateful, again, for the help but we do still need help. We will need help well into next week,” said Jon Stone of the Stanton Township Fire Department.

Two donation centers remain open for drop off and pickup over the weekend. Dee Stadium in Houghton will be open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Calumet Colosseum will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monetary donations are needed as well.

"As of yesterday we were pushing about $100,000 in donations. We have several other corporate sponsorships that are yet to come in. We have a benefit concert scheduled for next Thursday evening in Chassell at the Chassell Pavilion Park," said Kevin Store of the Portage Health Foundation.

Flood victims are asking when financial assistance will become available to homeowners.

"We have identified a furnace and water-heater replacement program. We are asking that people be patient with us as well. We are working with a couple of the other community organizations to make sure that we are not redundant on some programs that already exist. We want to make sure that we fill the gaps of those, but we will have financial assistance for home owners,” said Store.

Residents are encouraged to document all cleanup and damage costs. That information could help home owners qualify for assistance when it becomes available.

For other questions or if you need recovery assistance, dial 2-1-1.

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