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One year later Boscobel residents are still feeling the effects of 2013 floods

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BOSCOBEL (WKOW)-- One year ago this weekend the small community of Boscobel was hit by the worst flooding the city has ever seen. In 48 hours, the Northern portion of Grant County received more than 18 inches of rain. The excess water quickly filled up Sanders Creek, which flows just outside of downtown Boscobel. In the early morning hours of June 22nd 2013, the water started seeping into more than 500 homes and businesses.

"It has been a long year," homeowner Misty Molzof says. "It has been a lot of hard work trying to get home."

Molzof lives a few yards in front of the creek. Within a few hours her house turned into an island that was surrounded by murky brown water. Her finished basement was filled to the brim with water. Her living room and kitchen were completely destroyed as well. One year later, after pumping out thousands of gallons of water and completely gutting the interior of her home, the house looks practically like new. However, a lingering fear still remains.

"With the rain that we've had lately there are a lot of sleepless nights," Molzof says. "There's a lot of getting up, checking on the creek, checking on the water levels and that kind of thing throughout the night. I'm just always thinking about it. Especially now that it has been a year."

With no federal disaster declaration, money was tight. The state allotted nearly a million dollars to help people out, but many homeowners like Molzof didn't qualify. Last month she found out that her annual salary was just $250 more than the cutoff point. That meant she would have to get the money another way. The situation forced her to clean out her retirement account and borrow the rest of the money from family and friends.

"I know there will be a way. I know i'll find a way to do it. Whatever it takes. That's what you do as a parent and as a person. You find a way to make it," Molzof says. "You can't give up. You just have to rely on the people around you that care about you."

Molzof and a few other homeowners who didn't qualify for state aid were able to get help from a fund that was started by the Boscobel Chamber of Commerce. The community was able to raise more than $100,000, but with so many people needing help, the money could only go so far. Local non-profit groups also chipped in, but Molzof's story is being played out numerous times in the community. Many homeowners are forced to borrow the money until they can get back on their feet.

Many residents who were late to apply for state aid are still waiting to hear back from the Department of Administration. Grant County Emergency Management officials say those residents should find out later this Summer if they qualify for assistance.

"These folks needed a lot more long term assistance in putting their houses back together," emergency management director Steve Braun says. "There was so little coverage by insurance. We had to piece together other disaster assistance programs."

Local government officials like Boscobel Mayor Steve Wetter were left with more than three million dollars in damage to city and county infrastructure. FEMA stepped in to help with most of that, but the rest fell on small city governments with very small budgets.

"It cost us $40,000 just to put dumpsters around the community for the people to be able to throw their damaged goods into. We had to pay for that," Wetter says. "There were so many costs to the city that kept popping up. Most of these things were paid for by FEMA, but they don't pay for everything."

While most of the roads, bridges and buildings have been repaired, many projects are just now getting started after a long Winter put things on hold. Slowly but surely the community is putting itself back together.

"It's important to hold onto those things that are important to you because life is too short," Molzof says. "It can be altered at any moment. You just never know."


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