Local groups work to aid Copper Country

MARQUETTE — A number of local organizations have announced plans to aid those affected by the flooding that caused damage to roads, homes and businesses in the Copper Country over the weekend.

While some organizations are requesting funding to help, others are seeking items to be distributed to Houghton County residents impacted by the storm damage, as well as volunteers assisting with the efforts.

Chocolay Township Fire Chief Lee Gould said his department’s efforts have been very well received.

“We just took our 99th case of water,” Gould said. “We just want to help the residents of Houghton County with the flood experience that they have had. We are hoping to fill a trailer and bring it up there Thursday.”

Gould confirmed that the Chocolay Fire-Rescue Department will continue accepting donations of bottled drinking water and toiletries — such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, deodorant and shampoo and other personal care items — until further notice.

Donations can be dropped off at the rear of the Chocolay Fire Station from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m daily, Gould said, but no monetary donations will be accepted.

“We want to go up there and help those people in any way we can,” Gould said.

The Republic Township Fire Department is also asking for donations of toiletries and supplies, according to its Facebook page.

“The fire department is asking for help with donations for our Yoopers up North. Water, toiletries, socks of all sizes and any non-perishable foods,” the post states.

Department officials will be traveling to Houghton on Wednesday to drop off any donations the effort receives. Anyone wishing to participate should bring donations to Peter’s True Value or the Republic Township Hall. Items can also be brought to the Bethany Lutheran Church at 715 Mather Ave. in Ishpeming before 5 p.m. today.

The L’Anse Fire Department will be parking their grass fire truck and rescue trailer outside of Pat’s Food’s in L’Anse on Wednesday and Thursday to collect donated items for the Keweenaw Peninsula flooding victims. Items to be donated will be non-perishable foods, water, laundry detergents, paper towels and cleaning supplies. There will also be a “fill the boot” collection for monetary donations to be brought up to the Keweenaw Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund.