Sauk County flood damage assessed at $9 M

Total damage to residences in Sauk County due to two rounds of flooding is estimated to be $9 million, according to Sauk County Emergency Management officials.

Damage estimators canvassed the area over the past week looking a private property damage.

The estimators had begun to assess damage early last week before the second round of flooding forced them to abandon their work.

After the second round of flooding, damage estimators returned and, in some cases, had to reassess homes.

There were 312 homes which sustained varying degrees of flood damage from both flooding episodes, according to Jeff Jelinek, Sauk County Emergency Management Director.

The Sauk County towns of Reedsburg and LaValle were the towns hit hardest though homes in Rock Springs and North Freedom also sustained damage along with other rural homes in the Baraboo River watershed, according to Jelinek.

A money estimate of business damage has not been released along with the cost to replace county public property damage like roads, bike paths and parks in the county.

It will be a long process before anyone sees any funding relief from the State or Federal government, according to Jelinek.

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