Riptide: Flash flood wreaks havoc ravaging landscape of Copper Country

By Kali Katerberg,

Heavy rain throughout the Copper Country Sunday morning brought up to 7 inches of rainfall and an epic flash flood that tore up asphalt streets and damaged homes and businesses.

Though in a temporary lull during the daytime on Sunday, the National Weather Service (NWS) out of Negaunee was warning of further storms and flash flood risks developing late in the afternoon and evening — from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in particular for stronger storms.

“These showers and thunderstorms that have developed could definitely contain moderate to heavy rainfall and we certainly could see lightning out of them,” said meteorologist Linda Gilbert.

Damaging winds and hail were also a possibility.

The areas already experiencing flooding are of heightened concern from Houghton County to Gogebic and Menominee and include Baraga and Ontonagon counties.

PHOTO CREDIT: Kali Katerberg/Daily Mining Gazette An embankment collapse took down a sign and left a fence section hanging over the edge of a cliff in Houghton.

The Calumet Colosseum was offering shelter to those with damaged homes or in evacuation zones, particularly from the Lake Linden-Hubbell area, where damage was extensive. Aspirus Lake Linden Clinic in Lake Linden will be closed on Monday.

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