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Public hearing Wed. on city program to get home, business owners out of floodplain

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Meeting at 6 p.m. Wed.

The City of La Crosse is trying to alleviate hundreds of people from costly flood insurance by getting them out of the floodplain. 

A public hearing on the program will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the city council chambers.

La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat said those affected in the city included:

  • Over 500 owner-occupied homes
  • Over 800 non-owner-occupied homes
  • 800 accessoried buildings
  • 200 businesses

“We’re talking a very significant part of our city,” Kabat said.

The city is offering $250,000 city wide to applicants wishing to elevate or improve their property to escape the floodplain. People can apply for 80 percent of – or $5,000 for – consulting work and $20,000 – or 50 percent of – the construction costs.

Building must be valued at a minimum of $50,000.

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.

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