Traverse City Record-Eagle


April 12, 2014

Michigan village hopes construction curbs flooding

GARDEN — There’s hope in a village in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula that a construction project will help prevent flooding that’s become an annual sign of spring.

Some residents of Garden on Thursday pumped water out of buildings because of flooding caused by melting snow, WLUC-TV reported. Village President Connie Wilson notes spring flooding always is an issue, because Garden is in a valley.

“Right from the day this village was put in,” Wilson said. “It’s in the bottom of a hill. It’s always been a problem. This is nothing unusual.”

This year, the village is working on a project to direct water toward Garden Bay and away from homes. Heavy machinery will be used to break up rock and dig a culvert. Once completed, the village expects the culvert to greatly reduce the amount of flooding.

Garden Bay is off Big Bay de Noc, which opens into Lake Michigan’s Green Bay.

The village’s road fund is paying for most of the project, while Delta County is funding a portion. Wilson said the village should be able to pay without a tax increase, but money will be tight.

“This village is very small, does not have a lot of money and it is going to be a hardship,” Wilson said.


Information from: WLUC-TV,



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