Author: Christine Kanerva

Basements, Crawlspaces Flooded in Houghton Lake

People in Houghton Lake are also dealing with high water levels and flooding. Home owners have been pumping water out of their crawlspaces for days. The consistent rain and water levels have created a small river running through the neighborhood. Last year, the Roscommon Road Commission redid the roads and updated storm drains throughout, but even that hasn’t been able…

Crawford Co. Man Fed Up with Dollar General Trash Blowing into Yard

A man in Crawford County says he’s fed up with trash blowing into his yard from the Dollar General next door. “When they opened up you could just see a lot of trash flying around, no trash cans for people to throw their debris,” says David Kincaid from Frederic Township. Kincaid says his family walks their property every day, picking…

United Cajun Navy Aids in Midland County Relief

A national disaster relief organization is assisting the Michigan National Guard and local agencies in the Midland County Floods. The United Cajun Navy, based out of Louisiana, tours the country assisting in natural disasters. This week they set up distribution pods in Gladwin, Edenville, Sanford and Midland, by providing food, water and labor to people in need. “Everything was ruined,…

Gov. Whitmer Gives Update on Midland Co. Floods, Dam Failures

Gov. Whitmer was in Midland County Wednesday, providing an update on the floods and dam failures last week. At her press conference in front of Meridian Elementary School in Sanford, she says experts say last week’s floods were a 500-year event; and will likely have a large impact on Midland County for years to come. She is currently working with…

United Way Volunteers Collect Food, Supplies Following Midland Co. Flooding

  Governor Gretchen Whitmer will give an update on the state’s response to devastating mid-Michigan flooding Wednesday. She will also visit a flood relief donation distribution center. The flooding happened last week during heavy rains across Gladwin and Midland counties. That led to the failure of the Edenville dam and the overflow of the Sanford dam, sending water rushing into…

Michiganders Sitting on Estimated $60M Worth of Bottle Returns

With recycling centers closed, people are starting to see their bottle and can returns pile up.  “When we kind of look at it, it’s kind of Michigan’s money,” says Shayna Schupan-Barry, director of governmental affairs at Schupan & Sons Recycling. Schupan & Sons Recycling, one of the largest beverage container recycling companies in Michigan, predicts Michiganders are sitting on nearly…

MSP: Traffic Violations Down 42% Over Holiday Weekend

The Michigan State police saw a 42% drop in traffic citations this weekend compared to last year. Now that most of Northern Michigan is open, MSP says they were expecting some traffic. However, Lt. Derrick Carroll, MSP post commander for Gaylord, says that wasn’t the case. “With a lot of the festivities canceled, a lot of the communities canceled their…