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Rising river levels a concern for '08 flooding victims


ROCK COUNTY (WKOW) -- John Kinnett owns Anchor Inn on the Rock river's shore in the Town of Fulton.   Kinnett is concerned about the river's high water level for this time of year. Kinnett says his business is still recovering from massive 2008 spring flooding which caused the restaurant to close for one month.

Rock County planning department spokesperson Steve Schraufnagel says the flood of 2008 remains an issue for some homeowners. Schraufnagel says three river-front homes in the town of Milton have recently been approved for demolition after suffering significant damage from the 2008 flood.

Rock County community development manager David Somppi says an additional three flood damaged homes along the river are moving toward a demolition outcome, as are a total of approximately 25 homes in the cities of Janesville and Beloit.

Somppi says the homes slated for demolition were purchased from property owners with the help of federal emergency management funds.   Somppi says FEMA funds were approved because the homes sustained more than fifty percent significant flood damage.

Sommpi said the nearly two years between the flooding and the first, planned demolition is due to the many steps in the process, including home appraisal, sale negotiations, and FEMA approvals.

Rock County sheriff's officials say the Rock River is expected to crest Tuesday below flood stage, if rains are not heavy.

Online reporting by Steve Korioth and Tony Galli








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