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Eau Claire County Included on State of Emergency

Post Date:09/23/2016 3:03 PM

September 23, 2016

EAU CLAIRE COUNTY INCLUDED IN STATE OF EMERGENCY

 

Eau Claire County – Governor Scott Walker signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency for 13 western Wisconsin counties due to the recent torrential rainfall earlier this week. 

The large amount of rainfall produced widespread flooding and strong winds which caused extensive damage to roadways throughout the eastern half of Eau Claire County.

The Wisconsin counties affected by the flooding and that are included on the state of emergency order are; Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark, Columbia, Crawford, Eau Claire, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, Trempealeau and Vernon.

The State of Emergency helps local governments to pay for unreimbursed costs of damage and cleanup to public infrastructure.   It will also provide the county with response and recovery assistance.

“Ensuring the safety of the people who travel daily on these impacted roadways has been our main priority,” said Matt Michels, Interim Emergency Management Coordinator. “The collaborative effort among all the staff at Eau Claire County, local municipalities and area residents has been remarkable.  As always, it is important to remember not to drive around barricaded roads or through water covered roadways.”

Eau Claire County staff will continue to work diligently to keep the residents affected by the flooding informed on assistance available to them. 

Sand and sandbags are available to the public, free of charge at the following locations until 4:00 p.m.today or until supplies are exhausted: 

  • Lake Altoona County Park Boat Landing
  • Parking Lot by Lake Altoona Dam

Residents are responsible to bag and transport sandbags.  Please bring your own shovels.

For further information or questions, please contact the Eau Claire County Emergency Management Coordinator at 715-829-8499 or email emergency.management@co.eau-claire.wi.us

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