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Baldwin speaks with area mayors about flood relief



U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat lead a discussion of flood relief programs on Friday in La Crosse

Local towns hit by flooding aren’t getting enough relief from the government and, what they are getting, isn’t coming fast enough.

That’s what La Crosse area mayors and others told Sen. Tammy Baldwin, during a local listening session about flood response on Friday.

Baldwin says she’s aiming for more “resiliency,” in helping flood victims emerge from disasters better than they were before.

During a listening session at the Black River neighborhood center, Baldwin said too many disaster relief efforts seem to follow a strict set of government rules, “usually, go back to the way it was before.”

The mayors of La Crosse, Gays Mills and Arcadia were among those to tell the Senator that Washington tends to help just enough to restore just what was lost in a flood.

Shelby town chair Tim Candahl says little has been fixed in his community since the latest round of floods in August.

Candahl says a 20-foot wall of water damaged railroad tracks and highways.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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