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Upper Peninsula village hopes construction curbs flooding

The Carnegie Museum in Houghton, Mich. is seen covered in snow in Houghton, Mich. on Friday, April 4, 2014. A storm moving through the Great Lakes region has dumped a foot of snow on parts of Michigan's Upper Peninsula and could bring up to 17 inches. A storm moving through the Great Lakes region has dumped a foot of snow on parts of Michigan's Upper Peninsula and could bring up to 17 inches. (AP Photo/Daily Mining Gazette, Kurt Hauglie)

The Carnegie Museum in Houghton, Mich., is covered in snow April 4. Residents of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are hoping construction will alleviate flooding that has become an annual ritual of spring. (AP Photo/Daily Mining Gazette, Kurt Hauglie)

GARDEN, Mich. (AP) — 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, http://www.wluctv6.com

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