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State of emergency declared on Sugar Island

C hippewa County leaders have declared a state of emergency on Sugar Island.


C

hippewa
County leaders have declared a state of emergency on Sugar Island.


F

loods have destroyed roads and trapped some people in their homes.

N

ow the county is urging the governor to help.


"

The natural drains here were overwhelmed

," Chippewa County Commissioner Don Mclain explained.


W

ithin a four hour span

,

this large stretch of the island's main road was left in ruins.


"

Looks like a bomb went through it

," Joe Schutz, Sugar Island resident said.



"I

t's pretty crazy

."


During Monday night's storms a

culvert overflowed

, pouring thousands of gallons of water into the drains beneath the street.


"

It washed out then came down the ditch here on both sides to a certain extent

,

but
primarily here and washed the fill from underneath the road," Mclain said.


T

he same thing happened to a few other roads around the island

,

however the damage is less severe.

B

ut the clean up efforts have proven to be difficult for the 700 people who live here


T

hat's why the county ha

ve declared

a state of emergency and have sent paperwork to the
Governor's desk asking for state and federal aide.


"

What we are hoping to accomplish is quick action so we can

not

only receive help from the National Guard

,

but federal dollars to help repair what will probably be in excess of over a million dollars worth of damage

," Jim German, Chippewa County Administrator said.


M

ore than a dozen people are still stranded in their homes and others are fixing any damage left on their property.

A

nd the islanders all say that this week has been one they will never forget.


"

I've never seen anything like it,

" Colin Williams, Sugar Island resident said.



"Y

ou know the rain just came down in sheet

s

and I've never seen a black top road
wash out like it did."

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