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Mazomanie researches flood mitigation

 

November 8, 2018



Homeowners in the Village of Mazomanie who had flood damage have already started to set up appointments to receive individual assistance through FEMA, according to Village Administrator Peter Huebner.

Anyone with flood damage is eligible to apply, Huebner said at the Oct. 23 board meeting. The assistance is not limited to homes within the flood plain.

Individuals can apply for FEMA assistance either online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362. The village has posted this information on its website, as well as a fact sheet from FEMA.

FEMA will work directly through individuals to help them identify what assistance they are eligible for. Grants are available to cover flood damage as well as related expenses, such as temporary housing or childcare, with a cap of $33,000 per household.

Village officials have also been in contact with county officials about identifying the village’s next steps to receive assistance for public infrastructure, Huebner reported.

To help prevent such a disaster from happening in the future, the village has contracted with Dale Klemme of Community Development Alternatives for development of a long-term flood mitigation program.

Based in the Prairie du Chien area, CDA has experience with flood recovery, including helping communities to purchase or elevate homes in the flood plain through grant programs and finding funding for other flood mitigation projects.

Klemme will bill the village at an hourly rate to pursue such grants if they seem feasible, not to exceed $2,000.

The village has also contracted with Vandewalle and Associates to upgrade its floodplain ordinances.

Village President Gary Harrop clarified what will happen to property taxes. Owners of flood-damaged homes will pay their normal property taxes for 2018, since that assessment was made on January 1.

For 2019, the village will either have a full reassessment or have the assessor re-evaluate home values for damaged homes.

Over at Lake Marion, contractors continue to work long hours to try to complete the project before winter, with the help of some drier weather. The hope is to complete the liner and fill the lake yet this year, with related projects being finished next spring.

“It’s going really well,” Huebner said. “We’re still hopeful of getting it done.”

 
 

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