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Rock County gets $2.69 million for flood aid

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ANN MARIE AMES
May 22, 2010
— Rock County communities this week landed $2.69 million to fix homes, sewer systems and businesses damaged in the flood of 2008. This wave probably was the last of its type, said Dave Somppi, the county’s community development manager.

Rock County got $1.61 million in community development block grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The county was responsible for managing flood damage outside the cities of Janesville and Beloit.


The city of Janesville got $1.08 million from the same source, according to a news release from Gov. Jim Doyle’s office.


This is in addition to federal grant money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Somppi said. Sixty-two Wisconsin communities got $61.3 million this round, the release states.


Here’s how the money will be spent locally:


n $291,000 in business assistance to Evonik Degussa.


n $498,011 for the acquisition and demolition of nine residential properties including six in downtown Janesville.


n $110,000 to construct a retaining wall and stabilize an embankment that damaged Afton Road.


n $55,000 to repair a drainage swale and culvert in the Arbor Ridge Subdivision.


n $124,000 for repairs to Hedberg Public Library and the Janesville Senior Center.


Janesville previously got $1.7 million in block grant money, the release states.


n$446,245 for acquisition and demolition of three flood-damaged properties in Fulton Township. That brings the total to nine houses bought and demolished outside the cities, Somppi said.


n $275,000 for repairs of up to 22 homes outside Janesville and Beloit.


n $170,000 to the town of Beloit for sewer and lift station repairs.


n $220,775 to the town of Fulton for culvert replacement, drainage improvements, road repairs, business assistance and the installation of municipal sanitary sewer service to a neighborhood where septic systems were damaged.


n $500,000 to the Koshkonong Sanitary District for wastewater treatment facility improvements.


Rock County previously got $644,271 in federal urban development money, according to the news release. The county got $928,593 in FEMA money, he said.



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