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Flood cleanup underway in Boscobel


BOSCOBEL, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- heavy rains left the city of Boscobel flooded and many roadways closed as a result of mudslides.

Now, the cleanup process is underway. City Hall's been converted to a disaster relief command center and volunteers are doing whatever's needed, for those effected.

"Anybody that needs help cleaning up or getting water out or getting soaked carpets out of their basements, dry wall, or whatever they need, the volunteers are actually helping them tear it out and get it out of their house,"  said Teresa Brown, an EMT and a coordinator of the relief efforts.

Brenna Kvigne is 13 and decided to join her dad to help with the clean up.

"We live right next to the creek and it came 10 feet to the house and we were lucky enough that it didn't hit our house and it hit everyone else's so I just felt like we should help," Brenna said.

Most of the water receded, but in its wake it left flooded basement and completely destroyed some homes.

"Right now it's a lot of help getting their possessions out of basements, helping cleanup basements," Brown said.

No estimates yet on the cost of the damage, but Mayor Steve Wetter says no one anticipated this kind of flood and many don't have flood insurance.

"This was just a matter of volume of rain," Wetter said. "We had over 16 inches in a matter of hours and nothing can handle it. You can't pump it, you can't get rid of it, there's no place for it to go, and it goes to the low area and that must happens to be basements."

Brenna says she's helped to move mud and debris from her neighbors homes.

"I feel blessed in a way, that I can help and not worry about my own house, but I can worry about other people's houses," Brenna said.

Mayor Wetter says it's that attitude and volunteers like Brenna who keep the community spirits up.

"I tell ya, we've got super people in this town," Wetter said. "It's always been that way, I've lived here all my life. What's amazing is to see all the people come together."

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