UPDATE: Thursday rain hits area already devastated by flooding

Published: Jul. 12, 2018 at 10:45 AM EDT
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UPDATE: Thursday 10:00 p.m.

The portion of M-26 that was closed due to the flooding has reopened.

UPDATE Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Due to damage from heavy rains Thursday morning, MDOT will be repairing portions of M-26 between Dollar Bay and Tamarack City in Houghton County.

The work will continue for the remainder of Thursday and will require lane closures under flag control


UPDATE Thursday at 3:45 p.m.

Over a month of hard work recovering from Father's Day floods literally washed away Thursday morning. Hubbell residents in particular awoke to a sight they found all too familiar.

"At about 5 a.m. or so, when a big lightning strike came down this morning it woke us up. We came down to check for damage and looked out the window and saw a river coming across M-26," said Hubbell Resident Ben Jeffery.

In the past month municipalities have been struggling just to reopen roads across the county.

"Unfortunately what is going on is they have had to concentrate on just fixing the roads and not what actually caused the problem. They didn't have the man power to work on both at the same time," said Jeffery.

Many places work crews patched over the past weeks are washed out once again.

"We kind of expected it because a lot of the culverts up on the railroad bed are not cleaned out, so that's what is causing all of this. Right now we are looking at culvert damage, street erosion. Right now we are trying to divert the water from doing more damage to the street. M-26 from Mason to Dollar Bay pretty much has the same stuff as we have," said Hubbell Fire Department second assistant chief Jeff St. Peter.

Sand bags were taken to Coles Creek Road west of Houghton, according to county public information officer Eric Forsberg.

If you are interested in ways that you can help out those who have been hit by this additional flood damage you can contact the Volunteer Resource Center in the Copper Country Mall in Houghton at 906-233-6621.


At least three inches of rain fell in parts of the Keweenaw Peninsula Thursday morning, and it's causing flooding problems again in the same areas devastated by the Father's Day weekend flood.

M-26 is closed between Tamarack City and the north end of Hubbell because of water over the road. People who need to access Hubbell have to travel through Calumet and Lake Linden.

TV6's Houghton-Hancock bureau reporter Mariah Powell is in Hubbell. She says members of the Hubbell Fire Department are currently spread out from Lake Linden to Ripley.

Watch the Facebook Live report Mariah filed at 10:30 a.m.

Live at Eighth Street in Hubbell where last night's rain washed out streets already damaged by Father's Day floods.

Posted by TV6 & FOX UP on Thursday, July 12, 2018