Community Taking Emergency Action Over Flooding


KEGONSA.

A COMMUNITY THAT’S FACED MONTHS
OF FLOODING IS NOW TAKING
EMERGENCY STEPS TOOFIX A LOCAL
ROAD. WE’VE TOLD YOU ABOUT THE
PROBLEMS PEOPLE HAVE FACED SINCE
SPRING LIVING ALONG CRYSTAL AND
FISH LAKES. IT’S AN AREA JUST
EAST OF SAUK CITY NEAR THE
WISCONSIN RIVER. SARA MASLAR-DONAR HAS YOU
COVERED ON HOW TOWN OF WEST
POINT OFFICIALS HAVE COME UP
WITH A LAST MINUTE PLAN TO KEEP
FLOOD
WATERS OFF THE ROAD.

AS PART OF THIS PROJECT, THIS
PORTION OF SCHOEFF ROAD WILL BE
RAISED ABOUT 3 FEET, AND THEN
BEHIND ME HERE WHERE THOSE SANDBAGS AND ORANGE CONES ARE,
OFFICIALS SAY THEY’LL INSTALL
CULVERTS WHICH WILL ALSO MAKE
SURE WATER ISN’T SEEPING OVER
THE
ROAD. THAT WAY EMERGENCY VEHICELS AND VEHICLES GETTING TO
BUSINESSES ALONG THIS ROAD WIL
BE ABLE TO MAKE IT TO THEIR
DESTINATIONS SAFELY . ABOUT 15
RESIDENTS GATHERED AT A PARK NEAR THE ROAD IN QUESTION TO
HEAR FROM TOWN OF WEST POINT
OFFICALS
ABOUT THE EMERGENCY PROJECT. ACCORDING TO TOWN CHAIR ASHLEY
NEDEAU-OWEN, THE PLAN CAME
TOGETHER WITHIN THE LAST MONTH
— AND OFFICIALS HAD TO DECLARE
AN EMERGENCY ON THIS ROAD IN
ORDER TO SPEED UP THE PROCESS TO HELP RESIDENTS. THE RESIDENTS
WHO LIVE ALONG THE ROAD ARE
ALREADY DEALING WITH DEVASTATING
FLOODING FROM
CRYSTAL AND FISH LAKES — THE
PROJECT TO RAISE THE ROAD WILL BE A
SMALL RELIEF — BUT WILL AT
LEAST ALLOW FIRE TRUCKS AND
AMBULANCES
THROUGH, AS WELL AS VEHICLES
NEEDING TO DELIVER TO BUSINESSES. UNFORTUNATELY — THE
PROJECT WILL COST ABOUT
80-THOUSAND DOLLARS — CAUSING
THE TOWN TO DIP INTO ITS
EMERGENCY FUND OF JUST ABOUT
3-HUNDRED THOUSAND. WE ARE REQUIRED BY STATUTES TO PROVIDE
ACCESS TO PROPERTY OWNERS, THE
HOUSEHODLERS, AND WE’RE DOING
IT. IT BECOMES INCREASINGLY
DIFFICULT TO DO THAT WHEN WE
LACK THE FUNDS FOR THAT, WHEN WE DON’T HAVE OPPORTUNITIES UNDER
WISCONSIN
STATUTE TO DO THAT. TOWN
OFFICIALS TELL ME THEY WANT TO
GET THIS PROJECT OUT TO BID
AND HAVE A CONTRACTOR BY NEXT FRIDAY. AND THEN THE PROJECT
COULD BE DONE BY THE FIRST WEEK
IN DECEMBER. REPORTING HERE IN
WEST POINT, SARA MASLAR-DONAR,
27 NEWS..

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