Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – 109th District State Representative John Kivela says over $620,000 in funding will come to communities in the central U.P. to help recover from last winter’s deep freeze.
The funds are part of two-point-seven million dollars authorized by Governor Rick Snyder from the Disaster Emergency Fund to provide financial assistance to Michigan counties and communities impacted by last year’s spring flooding and winter freeze emergencies.
The money will be shared among the communities of Marquette, Ishpeming, Negaunee, Newberry as well as Marquette Township and Republic Township.
Kivela and other U.P. legislators initially asked for the state to declare a state of emergency in February, which was followed by Gov. Snyder’s declaring a state of emergency in April.
The Marquette Democrat says the funds will be a significant help to area communities as they try to prepare for the cold weather that is yet to come this winter.