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Wisconsin plan to buy flooded buildings promoted by Gov. Evers in Monroe County



Gov. Evers meets with a Monroe County group to promote flood relief (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

Frequent flooding has often forced western Wisconsin area families to move out of homes located near rivers.

Because of that natural hazard, a Home Buyout Project has been developed by Monroe County.

Thursday, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers promoted flood control efforts at a site along the La Crosse River, that’s now called Brinkman’s Landing.

Al Brinkman (right) shows Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers the La Crosse River view from where the Brinkman house used to stand on July 20, 2023 (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

That land had been the home of Al Brinkman, who took part in a buyout program after the river flooded his house two years in a row.

His property was redeveloped into open space. The Wisconsin state budget, recently signed by Evers, contains $4 million for local flood control grants.

Monroe County had applied for the federal funding to help owners of houses damaged by flooding in 2017 and 2018.

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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  1. walden

    July 21, 2023 at 12:14 pm

    The flood relief program was put in place by Gov Walker in 2017.

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