State of emergency declared on Sugar Island

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


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


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


ow the county is urging the governor to help.


The natural drains here were overwhelmed

," Chippewa County Commissioner Don Mclain explained.


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.


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


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


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


however the damage is less severe.


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


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


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.


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


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.


ou know the rain just came down in sheet


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