Madison City Officials Look Ahead To Repair Flood Damage
The meeting brought together engineering officials for the city of Madison, who reviewed what occurred, and how they plan to address the damages. One of the first issues to address is identifying what damage occurred to private versus public property.
“What I really want to try to prevent is water leaving public space and entering private property and causing damage,” said Greg Fries with city engineering. “The private problem is when water is running from one private property to another, or sometimes across five or six, and it gets to that last one and enters someone’s property, and we get called to help them.”
Both public and private property throughout the city have suffered millions in damages.
“We had tallied to date $15.1 million of residential water damage, and about $2.4 million worth of business damage. So that’s a total of private damage of $17.5 million,” said Janet Schmidt with city engineering. “The public damage for the public infrastructure is a little under $4 million that we’ve tallied up so far.”
In order to address some of this damage, city engineering officials said they had to prioritize what will be fixed first.
“We’re going to give priority to projects with higher multipliers of benefits,” said Fries. “It’s just a cost-benefit ratio. We have to look at the value of what was damaged, the cost to do something for it, and the higher that multiplier is, the more good we do per dollar.”
Fries said that other projects that would be prioritized were projects that would have a positive impact on emergency response routes to ensure that emergency vehicles have full access to roadways. He also said that projects that saw flood damage prior to the Aug. 20 storms would be looked at as well.
Additionally, Schwartz said that a sandbag pick up plan is in the works, and that there will be a three-week curbside collection window coming up.