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UPDATE: Flood cleanup continues, new concerns of road damage

BOSCOBEL (WKOW) -- Emergency management officials say for the most part, flood waters have receded in storm-hit Grant County, but people continue cleaning up damage left behind.

Grant County Emergency Management spokesperson Steve Braun tells 27 News Boscobel City Hall has been swamped with calls for help all weekend and Monday. At least 600 homes were affected by flooding after Friday and Saturday nights' storms, 40 of those substantially damaged and 20 severely damaged.

More than 100 volunteers came from all over the area to help homeowners with flood damage, including firefighters from local departments who helped pump water out of basements. On Monday, most of that water was gone, but the mess left behind will still take days to cleanup. Officials are hoping the coming storms will pass them over this week.

They've already gone through 250 cleanup kits, with at least 100 more expected to come in Monday from American Red Cross and Salvation Army. The county has requested 1,500 sandbags for residents to protect from future rains.

Officials say once the mess is cleaned up, the problems aren't over. It's going to be difficult for homeowners to pay for damage. Most regular insurance policies do not cover expensive water damage.

"That's what the big worry is, everything that was lost, how do you dig yourself out of this and get back on track and get back to the way it was?" says Boscobel Mayor Steve Wetter. "It's going to be tough, it's going to be really tough."

While trying to help homeowners, emergency officials have discovered new problems with the county infrastructure, as crews began to re-open roads that had been closed for flooding.

"There were a lot of roads that were washed out, we've seen a lot of bridges damaged, impassable," says Braun. "It took a while for the towns just to assess their damages. We're finding out that the damage is definitely in excess of $3 million, just to town roads and bridges and infrastructure."
 
Braun says right now, municipalities on tight budgets are not going to be able to pay for expensive damages.

A few miles down the road in Crawford County, a massive landslide closed Highway 61 near the Wisconsin River. The road is entirely blocked in both directions, expected to be closed for several days as crews work to clear debris.

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BOSCOBEL (WKOW) -- Emergency management officials say flood waters have receded in storm-hit Grant County, but people continue cleaning up what damage was left behind.

Grant County Emergency Management spokesperson Steve Braun tells 27 News the Boscobel City Hall has been swamped with calls for help all weekend and Monday morning. At least 600 homes were affected by flooding after Friday and Saturday night storms.

A joint city-county Resident Assistance Center was set up at city call through 6 p.m. on Monday to help homeowners with cleanup needs.

Braun says volunteers are out helping homeowners cleanup flood damage, but they can still use some extra assistance. Contact city hall at (608) 375-5001 to volunteer, or if you need help.

Officials have started to open up roads that were closed and assess damage to the area infrastructure. Braun says it appears to be worse than originally anticipated.

Tonight on 27 News at 5 & 6, Jennifer Kliese will have a look at progress in Boscobel.

 

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