Complied by MCJ Staff
Some have labeled it “Katrina-esque.” Others remain shocked and dismayed by the devastation left behind from last week’s torrential downpour, which resulted in severe flooding across the Metro-Milwaukee area and surrounding suburbs.
Most are cleaning up, cleaning out and trying to recover.
According to published reports, workers from the Milwaukee Department of Public Works have removed 2,300 tons of debris from neighborhood curbs.
The City of Milwaukee has, so far, given away more than 6,100 cleanup kits.
“State and local officials have been moving quickly since Thursday evening to respond to the damage caused by a string of severe storms. In that time Wisconsin Emergency Management has been working closely with FEMA and local officials to ensure a speedy response,” said Governor Jim Doyle in a recently released statement.
Added Doyle: “On Friday evening, Milwaukee County submitted a preliminary damage assessment to the state, and continued working through the weekend to complete the damage assessment as quickly as possible.”
Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) arrived in the city today, six days after Milwaukee’s disastrous flood of 2010.
According to reports, four FEMA teams will analyze the city’s damage. Two of the four will be dispatched to Milwaukee, while the other two survey the damage in the surrounding suburbs.
After surveying the area, FEMA will determine which neighborhoods meet the criteria for federal aid; there is no particular timeline for which a decision would come.
In the meantime, one Milwaukee alderman is asking citizens to look out for the elderly and disabled who may have been affected by the flood.
With mold growth and related potentially serious health concerns a critical issue in homes where flooded basements have not been addressed, Alderman Willie C. Wade is asking Milwaukeeans to check on elderly and disabled neighbors as soon as possible.
“To be honest, many elderly property owners may be just too overwhelmed to know where to start with a flooded basement,” said Alderman Wade, whose 7th Aldermanic District included neighborhoods that received nine inches of rain in approximately two hours time on July 22.
Wade put out a plea for neighbors, churches, Block Watch groups, neighborhood organizations, and even troops of Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts to scour neighborhoods for homes and buildings where basements are in need of cleanup.
“Right now Milwaukee is being tested for sure, and it’s time we get together and try to help those who need our help the most,” he said.
Residents and business owners are being asked to continue calling 414-286-2489(CITY) to report flooded basements, structural issues caused by the flooding and other damage.
Local Urban League Young Professional selected as new YPTV correspondent
The National Urban League Young Professionals selected Milwaukee Urban League Young Professionals’ member, Rayna Andrews; as one of two YPTV Correspondents; heading into its centennial conference celebration in Washington, D.C. July 28 – July 31.
Literally thousands of the nation’s leading business, community, and political figures, will descend upon our nation’s capital for this monumental milestone – 100 years of empowering communities and changing lives.
This new initiative will capture and report on young professionals in the Urban League Movement.
Andrews, along with Dr. Marcus Alexander, (Central Florida Urban League Young Professionals) were selected amongst numerous casting call auditions to helm this new initiative.
The new correspondents will report on the 2010/11 YP Summits as well as the 2010 Whitney M. Young Leadership Conference, and the 2011 Legislative Policy Conference for the organization.
“We are thrilled that Rayna & Dr. Marcus have joined our team in this new initiative for YPTV — and with this significant addition, we further accelerate our mission to empower our communities,” says Barton Taylor, National Urban League Young Professionals President.
The National Urban League’s centennial convention takes place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center July 28 – July 31. For more information visit www.nul.org/2010conference or www.iamempowered.com. For information about the Milwaukee Urban League Young Professionals please visit www.tmulyp.org or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MULYP.