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Michigan And Wisconsin Infrastructure Crumbling Under Severe Flooding

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Tim Pearce Energy Reporter

Heavy rain in Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula over the weekend caused widespread flooding and severe damage to infrastructure, including highways, businesses and homes.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of disaster in two Michigan counties Monday, allowing both to receive National Guard aid in emergency operations and to help recover from the damage. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker declared a state of emergency in five counties.

Three people have died across both states in accidents related to the weather. A 12-year-old Michigan boy died from injuries sustained when the basement of his house collapsed. In Wisconsin, a 75-year-old man was found dead in a flooded ditch close to his truck. A 55-year-old man died when a tree fell on his camper, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Along with roughly 6 to 8 inches of rain, parts of the states were hit by hail and high winds that toppled trees and buildings. Sixty sinkholes and washouts caused more damage and left sewage and other buried lines exposed, according to CNN.

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