Rather than wait until another flood sweeps through the area, Reedsburg city officials are attempting to draw up a plan and find ways to lessen the impact of future floods in the city.
To assist in the process, the city will host two sets of public meetings with FEMA officials in March for community members to provide input in what that plan could look like.
The meetings will be identical and offered at two different times from 6:30-8 p.m. March 7 and 10:30 a.m. to noon March 9 at Westside Elementary School.
City Planner/Building Inspector Brian Duvalle said in 2008 a flood committee came up with a plan for flood damage sustained along Granite Avenue, which lost thirteen of the 21 structures damaged in the city during those floods.
This time around, additional properties in the flood plane will be the focus mainly those along West Main Street and northward as well as those along North Webb Avenue and near South Park Street. During the 2018 floods, at least fourteen houses were ruled substantially damaged, when costs to fix a damaged building exceed more than 50 percent of its preexisting value.
The intent of the meetings is to provide ideas for city groups to continue planning for future flood recovery. FEMA personnel will help with visioning sessions for “what people would like to see after the flood,” Duvalle said.
The event is open to the public. Duvalle said those whose houses were not affected from the flood are welcome to attend.
The Village of Rock Springs Flood Committee held a similar meeting in mid-February to provide an update on its plan to relocate its downtown and for community members to provide input on what should be included in the flood recovery process.