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Western UP reports $30 million in weather damage


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Two recent storms, along with flooding in relation to a heavy snow season, has resulted in tens of millions of dollars in damage for six counties in the western U.P.

“So far, approximately $30 million in damage has been reported,” said Steve Derusha, 8th District Coordinator of the Michigan State Police’s Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division.

And more costs are still “trickling in,” he said by phone on Tuesday.

The estimated costs now qualify the region to apply for federal aid, which requires a minimum threshold of $18.47 million in damag...