Superior property owners to get federal flood aidDouglas County will receive more than $1.7 million in federal aid to assist property owners along the St. Louis River whose properties sustained severe erosion-related damage in the storm and flood of June 19-20, 2012.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
Douglas County will receive more than $1.7 million in federal aid to assist property owners along the St. Louis River whose properties sustained severe erosion-related damage in the storm and flood of June 19-20, 2012.
The funding, announced on the anniversary of the historic flood, is from the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service Emergency Watershed Protection Program. It will be used to provide technical and financial assistance to six homeowners and one business within Douglas County deemed eligible, said Douglas County Administrator Andy Lisak. Five of the homeowners are in the city of Superior and one is in the town of Superior. The business, the Mont du Lac Recreation Area, is in the town of Superior.
Only extremely vulnerable sites were deemed eligible for assistance. Douglas County will use the federal assistance to hire consultants and construction crews to stabilize and repair eroding slopes on private property at eligible sites. The work will benefit the St. Louis River and Lake Superior by reducing the amount of sediment that reaches the water.
Property owners will be required to match a portion of the federal money received.
“We have already contacted the eligible property owners to share the good news about the federal assistance,” said Christine Ostern, Douglas County conservationist. “They all expressed a strong interest in moving forward.”