67
      Sunday
      78 / 59
      Monday
      84 / 65
      Tuesday
      88 / 69

      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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