Now that most of the material needs have been met, Houghton County officials are asking the public to slow down the supply of donations for the flood relief effort.
Officials say the response to our recent flood disaster has been overwhelming, and the Copper Country cannot be thankful enough for the support that’s been received.
However, as of now, volunteers have reached a point where enough normal supplies are on hand.
Officials are now asking that the flow of general donations be reduced or stopped with a few exceptions.
There are still several additional semi loads coming, but they are now asking that any additional large deliveries that are planned to please be put on hold, unless the items being donated are dehumidifiers, box fans or large equipment that can be used for excavating, demolition or reconstruction.
Volunteers are still needed. The recovery effort is transitioning from initial clean-up to the rehab and reconstruction phase, and additional volunteers are a vital part of that effort.
You can still donate money by going to the Copper Country Strong website.
As communities move forward into recovery, American Red Cross services will transition from fixed sites and mobile delivery, to outreach and referral based services.
The distribution of emergency supplies from the Calumet Colosseum will end at 8:00 P.M. Wednesday. Supplies will still be available through outreach and referral.
On Friday at 4:00 P.M. the Flood Relief Supply Distribution at the Dee will be closing.
Those in need of supplies are asked to stop by before it closes to get what’s needed for the weekend.
Next steps for the distribution center are being evaluated and will be announced as soon as possible.