State taking part of bill for flood projects

Published 8:01 am Friday, October 22, 2010

Along with approving $80.1 million in flood assistance Monday, the state is doing its part to lessen the burden of recent flooding on cites, counties and townships.

According to Emergency Management Director Wayne Madson, the state announced Tuesday that it will fund a local portion of the public assistance being offered. Typically, 75 percent of the public assistance comes from the federal government with 15 percent coming from the state and 10 percent coming from local governments.

However, the state is picking up the local portion this year.

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“We were extremely happy with how the funding came out,” Madson said.

“This won’t put an extreme burden on already burdened communities,” he added.

Representatives with the Federal Emergency Management Agency are slated to visit Mower County soon — potentially next week — to solidify damage estimates in the wake of the flood Sept. 22 and 23.