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Hudson, North Hudson benefit from FEMA relief

Hudson and North Hudson will receive funds as result of a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) major disaster declaration that affected eight counties in Wisconsin.

Governor Scott Walker made the announcement Aug., 8. The declaration allows local governments to apply for assistance to help recover some of the costs of cleanup and repair, he said.

Kristen Sailer, emergency management coordinator, said the assessed damage for St. Croix County was some $805,762. FEMA reported total flooding damage to the state of nearly $9.3 million caused by a series of severe thunderstorms June 20-28.

The storms dumped 8-13 inches of rain over northwestern, southwestern and south central Wisconsin. In some cases the rain fell at a rate of one to two inches an hour, the governor said.

Under the major damage program, FEMA provides 75 percent of eligible costs and state and local agencies share 25 percent.

“Without federal assistance the county and municipalities would need to look elsewhere for funding to cover public infrastructure repair costs such as other grants and loans, “said Sailer.

“The additional costs to the communities put a strain on personnel and budgets of the communities within the county. St. Croix County is committed to finding and obtaining any financial resources that are available for municipalities to recover losses due to the severe storms and flooding of June,” she said.

Hudson incurred most of the damage. A Lake Mallalieu storm drainage structure represented the biggest single claim for $83,000 from Hudson Public Works. Large areas of riprap and a concrete barrier designed to slow down drainage were damaged and a grass slope eroded, according to Sailer’s report.

A number of other storm ponds also suffered damage for a total $211,475. More than $75,700 was claimed for shoulders and washed out roads.

North Hudson realized more than $50,700 in storm sewer catch basins and debris clearing from city streets and right of ways.

The Hudson School district incurred $140,000 damage to a gym roof. Insurance was expected to cover all but a $10,000 deductible.

Willow River State Park and the town of St. Joseph claimed damage along with seven other towns in the county,

Other counties in the disaster declaration included Ashland, Bayfield, Crawford, Grant, Iowa, Richland and Vernon. The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in Bayfield County was also named.

Sailer said the municipalities that would like to apply for the FEMA Public Assistance Program are required to send one representative to the St. Croix County Applicant Briefing on Friday, Aug. 16, at 9 a.m. at the St. Croix County Government Center in the County Board Room, 1101 Carmichael Road, Hudson.

For more information contact Kristen Sailer, Emergency Management Coordinator

Emergency Support Services Office (715) 381-4911 or go to www.sccwi.us/sccess.

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