La Crosse commission awarded $740K for flood mitigation efforts

Crawford County declares state of emergency due to flooding, mudslides

An over $700,000 grant will help a local organization create an economic recovery and resiliency plan.

The Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission (MRRPC) of La Crosse received a $740,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). The plan will help Ontario, Readstown, Viola, and La Farge in dealing with future flooding and storm-related impacts.

The Commission will provide analysis to ensure that affected communities have customized approaches to economic recovery. The analysis will determine the safest sites for businesses, homes, community facilities and public infrastructure in the event of future disasters.

The grant is expected to be matched by a $185,000 in local investments.

“The Trump Administration is working diligently to create American jobs and keep U.S. businesses thriving, even in the face of unforeseen natural disasters,” said U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Dr. John Fleming. “EDA’s long history of successfully supporting disaster recovery and resiliency efforts lends itself perfectly to helping the MRRPC create a plan that will build Wisconsin communities back stronger and mitigate any future storm damage.”