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National Guard nears end of mission in flood-damaged county

ATLANTIC MINE, Mich. (AP) — Michigan National Guard members are wrapping up emergency work after severe flooding in Houghton County in the Upper Peninsula.

The Mining Gazette reports that as many as 75 soldiers have been working 12-hour days to make roads accessible again for emergency vehicles. The mission could end Friday.

Maj. Lucas Lanczy says the main goal was to ensure that homes could be reached for emergency services. That meant clearing roads and unplugging culverts.

A flash flood on June 17 washed out roads and created dozens of sinkholes in Menominee and Houghton counties, forcing some residents to get around by boat. A Houghton Middle School student died following weather-related injuries at his home.

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Information from: The Daily Mining Gazette, http://www.mininggazette.com

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