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      Officials make plans to assess flood damage

      Governor Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency for a number of counties in the Upper Peninsula that could aid homes and businesses experiencing flood damage.

      Houghton, Keweenaw, Ontonagon, Gogebic, Baraga, and Marquette counties are all under the state of emergency. Governor Snyder has asked officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assess these areas.

      Houghton County Emergency Coordinator Jack Dueweke says people need to report flood damage for local emergency officials to assess and submit to FEMA. He added that it could be months before FEMA assessors come to evaluate the damage.

      "I haven't heard of any major losses in homes or what have you, neither have I heard of any business losses at all," said Dueweke. "But I wouldn't take this for granted that we're going to get any assistance from FEMA. I wouldn't take that for granted at all."

      Dueweke says people need to prove the damage has been directly caused by the recent flooding. He added that residents can call 211 to report any damages.