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By Joe Block 

Project Recovery to help those affected by floods


January 17, 2019

Jane Gaffney and Kim Mindham, from Project Recovery, spoke at Coffee With a Cop Thursday morning. Project Recovery is a program to help those affected by August’s floods.

Funded by FEMA, counselors will be going door-to-door in Mazomanie and Black Earth, providing support for those in need. Support includes providing a listening ear, address emotional aspects of the aftereffects of the flood, including anger, frustrating, and despair. The counselors will listen to individuals as they share their stories. “Some people haven’t talked about what happened,” explained Gaffney. “We’re here to listen. People feel forgotten, isolated, and are in despair,” she said.

Counselors will also provide simple support and planning for those affected, sitting in on phone calls with the individuals as they navigate the recovery process. They will also help with planning, helping figure out what they should do next.

Project Recovery is funded through September/October 2019. People at Coffee With A Cop showed interest in organizing events where affected people can come together and talk. “We’re here to support the community,” said Gaffney. According to Gaffney, up to 20 Outreach Workers are working in each of the 9 counties and checking on individuals who were affected by the flooding and storms in the summer of 2018. Project Recovery is covering Crawford, Dane, Juneau, La Crosse, Marquette, Monroe, Richland, Sauk and Vernon counties.

Village administrator/Clerk Shellie Benish reported that 380 tons of debris were removed by volunteers in the wake of the floods.

Those in need who would like to contact counselors from Project Recovery can call 1-800-844-260-7029, e-mail at, and go to the website page at, and find them on Facebook.


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