Flood Cleanup Continues

Scores in Wisconsin still struggle with flood cleanup

**FILE** In a Monday, Aug. 20, 2007 file photo, flood waters inundate Gays Mills, Wisc., after a storm dumped rain in the Kickapoo Valley.Twice in 10 months driving rainstorms sent the Kickapoo River rushing over its banks, drowning the town in butterscotch-colored slime. Each time, scores of residents fled. (AP Photo/Andy Manis, File)

Nearly six months after severe storms caused flooding and other damage in southern Wisconsin, scores of residents continue to struggle with cleanup.

A caseworker for Columbia County's Long Term Recovery project says a number of families have used up their financial aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency but still have more damage to repair or clean.

Fred Baewer says those needs range from a new dehumidifier to eradication of mold from still-moist basements. He says some families have the building materials to fix their damage, but not the skill to do the work.

Columbia County Emergency Management director Pat Beghin estimates 150 to 300 Columbia County residents have needs FEMA could not meet.

Some of those may qualify for the county's federally funded Emergency Assistance Program.


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