‘Flashbacks:’ Mazomanie flood victims cope with surge in creek level

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MAZOMANIE (WKOW) – In Mazomanie, the rapid snowmelt swells the Black Earth Creek and leads to road closures, as dozens of residents recovering from last year’s flooding watch with anxiety.

“Flashbacks,” flood victim Kila Brunner says of her emotional state after rushing home from work when she learned an adjacent street was impassable.  “I just don’t know what to expect.”

Her neighbor Aaron Behringer has been taking crude measurements of the level of the creek’s overflow to try to manage his feelings.  “Worried, concerned,”  Behringer says.  “Helpless in a way.”

Behringer says his entire basement and part of his home’s first floor flooded in August when torrential rains caused flood damage to more than one hundred homes and properties in Mazomanie.

Another one of those homes was Anita Hook’s property on East Hudson Street.  She and her family have lined sandbags around the structure as the mix of snowmelt and creek swamp her yard and creep toward the garage.

Residents reported to 27 News some measurable water in basements, but nothing on the scale of August.

Kim Mindham of the FEMA-funded, non-profit group Project Recovery is going door-to-door in Mazomanie’s flood-vulnerable areas to try to help with the continuing recovery from last year’s traumatic event.

“And now, of course, this is happening again,” she says.  “So people are hyper-vigilant and already have a lot of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) like symptoms and we’re wanting to make sure they are going to be okay,”  Mindham says.

Mindham says that means helping victims with the continuing process of flood recovery and linking them to resources, to include help with tangible needs such as replacing furniture.

Mazomanie fire department and Public Works personnel are also connecting to those closest to the rising waters while continuing to manage to navigate the village as road closures create detours.

Tony Galli

Tony Galli

Reporter, WKOW

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