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State Approves Dane County Request for Morrisonville Flood Prevention Project

June 10, 2009
Joshua Wescott, Office of the County Executive (608) 267-8823 or cell (608) 669-5606
County Executive

$1.3 Million Sewer System Upgrade, Repairs Moving Forward

The State Commerce Department has approved a Dane County request to use federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to assist residents in Morrisonville by upgrading and repairing the sewer system in the unincorporated community.

The total cost of the improvements is nearly $1.3 million and will help reduce the risk of significant water and sewer back-ups in basements like residents there experienced during flooding rains that fell last summer.

“These important repairs will help make sure the next time the skies open up over Morrisonville, homeowners there don’t suffer the kind of hardship and destruction they experienced last year,” County Executive Kathleen Falk said.

Many Morrisonville homes had waist-deep water and sewage in their basements during the height of last year’s floods.  Furniture, walls, and household appliances were destroyed and mold contamination posed serious health concerns in a number of homes.

"This is just great news for Windsor's Morrisonville neighborhood," said Windsor chairperson Alan Harvey.  "Windsor strongly believes that when people cooperatively work together, dynamic things can be accomplished.  Windsor thanks Dane County officials for their strong partnership in securing this badly needed financial assistance for flood-damaged Morrisonville."

Dane County will contribute $243,000 in CDBG funding to assist with the project.  The remainder of the funding needed to complete the work will be paid for by dollars from the Wisconsin Small Cities Community Development Block-Emergency Assistance public facilities program.  Those funds are used to help repair and rebuild water and sewer infrastructure damaged during the storms and flooding southern Wisconsin saw a year ago.

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