The Blizzard of ’11 just got a bit less painful. A bit.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the state have awarded South Milwaukee $52,083.69 to help defray costs related to the February 2 snow emergency declaration.
Most of the funds will help reimburse the city for Street Department costs.
Thanks to Jackie Ove, our emergency management director, and her team for doing a lot of the leg work to make this happen. The funds are much appreciated, and they will certainly help ease the unexpected budget pain this storm caused.
Of course, we’re not alone in getting FEMA funds for this historic storm. Here is a story from Walworth County, for example. Individuals have also received funds … and some have had to pay them back.
Vilter Manufacturing Corp. is investing $1.6 million in its Cudahy factory.
Click here to see the Business Journal story on the planned technology and innovation center. From it:
The 7,000-square-foot center is contained within Vilter’s sprawling plant at 5555 S. Packard Ave. The project includes the installation of new equipment to create a state-of-the-art laboratory and testing facility.
And check out these other headlines of interest from around the area:
And check out this Journal Sentinel blog item mentioning South Milwaukee quarterback and kicker Sam Oliden and his heroics over the weekend.
The front page of the South Milwaukee website has information for those seeking help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency following the July storms. Visit the site here.
Here is a direct link to the FEMA website’s Assistance section, and you can apply online at www.disasterassistance.gov. You can also apply by phone by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362).
WISN also has a good flooding recovery resources page.
Nearly 2,000 people have already applied, and FEMA wants to hear from everyone who suffered flood damage, so please take advantage of the aid.
It looks like South Milwaukeeans who suffered flood damage in the July storms may receive federal aid after all.
From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story:
Federal officials, reacting to an appeal, have decided to make federal flood aid available to individuals in Milwaukee and Grant Counties, Gov. Jim Doyle announced Saturday.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency had previously approved disaster aid only for local governments in the two counties following the record flooding.
Millions of dollars in loans and grants will flow into the state to affected residents, said Lori Getter of the Wisconsin Emergency Management division.
“This is good news,” said Getter.
The application process for aid will start immediately.
I’ll keep you posted as to how to apply.
As expected, the City Council unanimously approved spending more than $40,000 on two studies to determine some potential fixes to our sanitary and stormwater sewer system.
I believe that these votes are an example of the commitment of city leaders to not just talk, but act, in response to the flooding disaster of July 22-23. As I’ve said, there are no silver bullets to this complex issue, nor no quick fixes. But I feel strongly we’re doing all we can, even if FEMA isn’t.
Learn more about the studies in my post below, and cast your vote on the new poll question on the right-hand side of this page.
I’ll keep you posted on what the studies find … and the options they reveal. Indeed, it is at that point that another, more substantive debate, will have to happen here. We’ll then need to answer this question: Just how much should the city spend to address these problems?
In a separate vote, a vote on a condominium garbage collection policy was pushed off to our next meeting on Sept. 7 after a parliamentary maneuver kept the issue from coming to an actual vote Tuesday. (It likely would have passed 4-3).
I’ll blog more about this issue as the meeting approaches.
Not surprisingly, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has determined that only governments, not individuals, are eligible to receive federal aid following last month’s floods.
Or has it?
See the full, and confusing, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story here.
And check out these other headlines of interest from around the area …
That last story is an especially interesting look at some of the great work happening at the Wil-O-Way facility at Grant Park.
I’ll keep you posted on the FEMA decision.