Flooding recovery efforts underway in Lodi

Flooding recovery efforts underway in Lodi
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Recovery efforts are underway in Lodi after a rapid snow melt and rainfall last week resulted in flooding that caused damage to several businesses along Spring Creek on South Main Street.

Approximately 10 to 12 businesses, many without insurance, were affected by the flooding, leaving them on their own to cover cleanup costs, according to Kristi McMorris, executive director of the Lodi and Lake Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce.

“Most people aren’t insured here, and so we need some funds; we need some relief from this,” McMorris said. “This hit hard. It came up fast and our businesses weren’t prepared for it.”

Bob Peterson and his wife Nancy own Nancy’s Floral and Gifts, one of the businesses that suffered the most flood damage. Peterson estimates there was three to four feet of water in the basement of their store, ruining thousands of dollars of merchandise.

The business is located in a flood plain, making flood insurance expensive. Peterson and his wife don’t carry flood insurance and are not sure their losses would add up to more than what it would have cost to carry the insurance for the eight years they’ve owned the business.

“We’ll try for some of the relief money,” Peterson said. “I understand Columbia County filed as a disaster area so now the question is whether or not we can tap into any of that. If we can, great. If not, what do you do? Smile and move on.”

Businesses are encouraged to report flood damage to the Columbia County Office of Emergency Management, which is in the process of applying for disaster relief dollars to help offset the costs the damage. The Lodi and Lake Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce is assisting businesses report damage.

For details on reporting flood damage, visit the City of Lodi Facebook page.

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