What can be done when a severe rainstorm hits Baldwin and the rain has nowhere to go?
Dan Bauman and Mike Rogney of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources shared their thoughts on the subject and more at last week’s Village Council meeting.
Jim Amondson, who lives near the intersection of 12th and Florence Streets, and who spoke about the Baldwin Creek flooding issue, in particular, led the discussion as he took over the rep’s office Clint Moses. The people of Moses then got their hands on the DNR and the village council, which led to the meeting.
“There were a lot of good things discussed,” Bauman summed up.
He talked about the positives the village has put in place, including a floodplain and stormwater ordinances.
“We are in a floodplain,” he explained. “The rain doesn’t have much of a chance of getting out of here quickly. No structure or house designed will be able to handle eight to nine inches of rain in a short period of time. Regulatory flooding is not the problem. The problem is the biggest, so people can get flood insurance and the village keeps complaining about its disaster relief.
Bauman suggested scenarios such as diverting the water as it rises or seeing what the homeowner can do to protect themselves.
Natasha Young, who also lives near the crossroads, explained: “It’s terrifying to wake up and be surrounded by water.
A meeting with those who live near the stream was held between MNR, village representatives and those who live near the stream before the regular council meeting.
One of the popular topics was to do something with the pedestrian bridge.
“It would help to get the water out of there without restriction,” Bauman said.
Village engineer Eric Henningsgard said the board continually cleared the trees, but was limited because they did not own the entire property.
Village Administrator/Clerk-Treasurer Tracy Carlson reminded those present that the answer will not come tomorrow or next week. It will take time to find a solution acceptable to all parties.
Young asked what could be done if it flooded that area again, so people could be notified by phone or alarm. His request will be considered later.
Due to a deadline next month, the board has scheduled a special board meeting for Aug. 31 to consider offers for project funding in Tax Increase Districts 6 and 7.
These projects involved the two lift station generators, street maintenance on Energy Street, and water and sewer repairs under the creek.