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Flood Relief for Michigan's U.P. Continues

On June 19, Governor Snyder declared a state of disaster for Menominee and Houghton counties in Michigan’s upper peninsula. Heavy storms through the weekend prior brought up to seven inches of rain in some areas, and historic flash floods led to extensive damage. In addition to widespread flooding and mudslides, more than 60 sinkholes were reported on the Keweenaw Peninsula.

In response, the Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL) and the Michigan Credit Union Foundation each pledged $10,000 to flood victims. The combined $20,000 will be provided to Michigan Tech Employees Credit Union and Torch Lake Federal Credit Union in an effort to help offset flood damages incurred by credit union members, such as furnace, drywall, flooring and other structural damages.

The immediate outpouring of support from the credit union community has had a tremendous positive impact. So far, nearly $48,000 has been collected from credit unions big and small across the state. As of June 12, the following Michigan credit unions have made a monetary contribution:

  • The Blue Ox Chapter of CUs
  • Michigan Tech Employees FCU
  • The U.P. Chapter of CUs
  • U.P. Catholic CU
  • Limestone FCU
  • SOO Co-Op CU
  • The Paul Bunyan Chapter of CUs
  • Upper Michigan Community CU
  • Peninsula FCU
  • Marquette Community FCU
  • Torch Lake FCU
  • 4Front CU
  • Detour Drummond Community CU
  • Settlers FCU
  • Great Lakes FCU
  • Northwest Consumers FCU
  • Northern Lights Community FCU

David Rautiola, CEO of Michigan Tech Employees FCU, and Connie Mikkola, CEO of Torch Lake FCU, will meet the week of July 16 to begin the grant awarding process.

Rautiola and Mikkola have received 47 applications to date, with estimated damages around $1 million. Two homes were complete losses and most require replacements for furnaces, water heaters, flooring, drywall, insulation and personal belongings. Grant preference will be given to lower-income families and critically damaged homes.

Those who wish to show their support for the nearly 950 homes affected by this disaster can visit our website.

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2018-07-12 00:00:00