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Michigan dams restoration delayed amid rising costs, mounting frustration

From: BridgeMI.com

  • Rising costs and a legal battle will suspend work to repair mid-Michigan dams four years after failure and mass flooding
  • Property owners are expected to pay more than $200 million collectively, up from initial estimates of $60-$80 million
  • The state has already put $200 million into the project

Four years after historic rains wiped out two mid-Michigan dams and caused over $200 million in flood damage, restoration work will soon be suspended as hundreds of property owners balk at the cost.

The Four Lakes Task Force announced Monday it is holding off on upcoming construction work after a group of property owners in Midland and Gladwin counties challenged county-approved assessments that established how much each property owner would be required to pay.

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