Relief funds funneled to Michigan to dredge St. Joseph Harbor

More than half a million dollars in federal Superstorm Sandy relief funds are on their way to Michiana.

On Monday, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton met with representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers to discuss relief funding in the state. Upton announced that the corps has allocated $550,000 to dredge the St. Joseph harbor this spring.

The congressman emphasized the urgency in dredging sooner rather than later, as it the harbor is vital for the Great Lakes shipping season.

High winds from Superstorm Sandy caused shoaling on the bottom of Lake Michigan harbors last October. The sand buildup has been preventing commercial vessels from getting into the port.

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