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Historic flooding: State officials focus on buyouts and relocation

MADISON (WKOW) – Twelve months after historic flooding swept through southern Wisconsin, state officials say preventing future flood damage hinges in part on victims parting with a beloved asset — their homes.

Wisconsin Emergency Management Spokesperson Lori Geller says $11 million is available to combine with state and local resources to buy out victims in highly flood-vulnerable areas.

“Our priority is going to be buy outs,”  says Larry Larson, Director Emeritus of the Association of State Floodplain Managers.

Larson says the strategy is an increasing shift from past, federal reliance on structural improvements such as levees in disaster response.  He says those responses have become exorbitantly expensive.

He concedes the buy out approach is a process with ups-and-downs.

Thursday on 27 News, selling to save the future from flood damage.

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Tony Galli

Reporter, WKOW

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