Flood Cleanup Continues

By: Paige Lambrecht
By: Paige Lambrecht

Antigo's building inspector says crews have about 80 flood damaged homes and businesses to go through, and while many people are getting back in to their homes.

Many businesses are still shut down and waiting for the go-ahead before they can reopen.

Ken Bula works at Antigo signs.

“It was just coming up from the ground, at least an inch every hour."

At the peak of the flooding Antigo signs had about three feet of water in its basement. The water has gone down now, but they're not yet open for business.

Bula says, "We're not allowed to open until inspectors say we can come in ‘gotta check for structural damage. They were just here, turned on our furnace finally. Tomorrow we should be open for business."

Bula says even once they're open again they'll still be about two weeks behind on orders and deliveries. Across town crews are inspecting a home's basement to determine if the power can be turned back on, but when the lights come back on the cleanup doesn't stop.

Antigo's building inspector, Jerry Wilhelm, says, "The long-term effects of the cleanup are important too because when a basement's wet like this, you have all kinds of nasty health issues like mold growing."

City officials are also setting up an informational meeting next week for victims of the flood. Anyone who would like to learn more about insurance, how to cleanup and several other topics is welcome. That meeting is Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at St. John's Church.

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