Homeowners continue to wait for flood relief in Vernon County as winter approaches

Nearly two months after flooding devastated several communities in our area. Many homeowners are still trying to pick up the pieces of their lives. President Trump just approved federal assistance for eight counties.

Readstown clerk Susan Mueller said she still can’t believe what this community went through.

“Just looking at the homes and the water just rushing through here, you just didn’t think it was going to be like that,” Mueller said.

Public works employee Charlie Strait said they were prepared for flooding but not at the speed it came.

“I have never seen water move that fast,” Strait said. “We know what 11 inches of rain looks like from Ontario now.”

The town is receiving help from Federal Emergency Management Agency but a full recovery is something it’s residents can only dream about right now.

“Some of these homes will never be able to be lived in again,” Mueller said. “FEMA comes in and they’re going to help us work with everyone to make sure they have somewhere to live or somewhere to go.”

Claudia Dull is the Librarian of Readstown, she lost her home and the memories of that week remain in the back of her mind.

“I am glad that we got out when we did,” Dull said.

She said she stayed at the library the night with her dog as high water carved through town.

“The library protected us that night,” Dull said.

She looked outside the next day and her eye’s tell the story.

“I just walked over from the library and I looked down the street and it wasn’t very far and there was the river,” Dull said.

There was only one way to get to her house.

“I think I would have had to grab a boat and hope for the best,” Dull said.

She said she is thankful no one was hurt.

“I saw one smaller tree with two or three huge trees jammed into it,” Dull said. “The power of the water that day must have been terrible.”

Strait said the stress on the community lives on.

“All of these houses behind us, they were high and dry before,” Strait said. “This is just kind of the icing on the cake now. How many more times can you do it really?”

But Dull said the community support gives her hope that a full recovery will come.

“This is the most beautiful area in Wisconsin as far as I am concerned and we have some of the kindest and most wonderful people,” Dull said.

Community officials said it could take an entire year for the town to fully recover from the damage.

(Have a story idea? Email Jordan at jfremstad@wkbt.com)

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