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City committee looking to aid homeowners in flood plain

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La Crosse, WI (WXOW) - LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – La Crosse homeowners who live on floodplain areas and learned they would have to buy flood insurance may get some help from the city.

The Wisconsin D.N.R. surveyed the city and classified roughly 1,800 additional homes as part of the flood plain.

The city said help in the form of federal grants might help these homeowners protect their homes from flooding, eliminating the need for insurance, or at least reducing its cost.

"The flood plain rates that are going up here can cause people not to invest in their homes anymore or people may walk away from their homes, so it's a big concern because it could add to blight within the community and it's also a huge cost for many people," Flood Plain Advisory Committee member Ryan Cornett said.

The city could begin a home-by-home project to help homes get above the flood plain by filling basements and raising the home to greatly reduce flood risk.

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