Lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy about how best to limit damage to buildings closely track those of Katrina, a federal engineer said. Elevating generators and pumps is a good idea but enclosing elevated foundations that might be hit by waves or wave-borne debris can cause problems.
STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — Officials reopened the Stillwater Lift Bridge on Monday afternoon as floodwaters subsided on the St. Croix River. According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Beth Petrowske, the bridge reopened between 2:30 and 3 p.m. Monday. MnDOT closed the bridge on April 8 as rising waters approached the bridge deck, threatening the [...]
STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — Stillwater is now going ahead with dikes on its St. Croix River waterfront. Officials planned to start work Thursday morning, then held off pending a firmer forecast. Police Chief John Gannaway said the National Weather Service now projects a first crest slightly above 687 feet, about a foot higher than expected [...]
By Jan Basina • EMS Building, Gays Mills, Crawford County • Public Works Building, Gays Mills, Crawford County • Community Commerce Center, Gays Mills, Crawford County Flooding is nothing new to the village of Gays Mills. After all, the Kickapoo River has spilled over its banks 11 times in the past 100 years. But the [...]
Gov. Jim Doyle on Wednesday announced that Wisconsin has received $6 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through its Community Development Block Grant Program. The money is for businesses affected by the June 2008 flooding. The application deadline is Jan. 7. The Department of Commerce has already awarded $21 million for [...]
By Joe Lanane
The effects from late-July’s flooding persist months later, but after Wednesday residents from Milwaukee and Grant counties will no longer qualify for financial aid.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Flood victims in Milwaukee and Grant counties can apply for financial help to pay for food. Flood victims affected by heavy rains this summer can apply for one-time funding through a federal foodshare program. Wisconsin’s program is being administered by the state Department of Health Services. DHS spokesman Seth Boffeli said the [...]
The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that due to a steady decrease of activity, the Disaster Loan Outreach Center located at Milwaukee County’s Department of Public Works, 3850 N. 35th St., will close at 6 p.m. Friday. The SBA urges those affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred on July 20 [...]
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Federal officials have declared nine Wisconsin counties disaster areas after floods swept through them last month. The declaration makes government agencies across the counties eligible for federal and state reimbursement of most of their recovery costs. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will cover 75 percent of the expenses and the state [...]
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Federal emergency officials plan to start assessing flood damage in Wisconsin next week. According to state emergency officials, five Federal Emergency Management Agency teams will begin inspecting damage to public infrastructure in Iowa, Buffalo, Clark, Trempealeau, Jackson, Wood, Portage and Taylor counties on Tuesday. Preliminary damage reports indicate the past week’s [...]