City looks to protect properties in flood plain

The city of La Crosse wants to invest $30,000 into protecting properties in flood plains.

The city’s flood advisory committee approved a recommendation Tuesday to give residents money to fix structures in violation of FEMA’S flood regulations. Many garages built in La Crosse’s flood plain in the last 24 years are now under violation because of these new regulations.

The city’s flood plain manager says the problem is a quick fix and will keep those buildings from washing away during a flood.

“It’s installing some flood vents that allow water to come into the structure and flow through the structure instead of putting hydrostatic pressure on the sidewalls,” said Doug Kerns.

The recommendation now moves on to the city council for approval.