Priceless writing by our local daily rag (and proud supporter of the MyCommunityNow.com sites)...
MONDAY, June 9, 2008, 12:36 p.m.
By Annysa Johnson
Cudahy flood damage reaches $10 million
The City of Cudahy is estimating flood damage this afternoon at $10.1 million, including $8 million to private property and $2.1 million to public properties.
The city is working with Milwaukee County and Mitchell International Airport to determine whether additional security measures and fencing installed at the airport in recent years may have contributed to flooding along Pennsylvania Ave. at Edgerton Ave.
"We believe the flood gates may be clogged, and DPW is inspecting grates to make sure nothing is blocked," Cudahy Mayor Ryan McCue said.
Heavy flooding from weekend storms is believed to have affected as many as 30% of property owners in this southeastern Milwaukee County suburb. It also knocked several municipal vehicles out of commission - including a firetruck, an ambulance and a squad car - all of which suffered flood damage while responding to calls.
The city has begun dispatching special trash crews to pick up flood-damaged property left at curbs, and is asking people to get rid of any standing water to avoid mosquito infestations (emphasis added my MJ).
City residents are being asked to fill out a damage assessment report available at city hall, the police department, fire stations, the library and online at www.ci.cudahy.wi.us/, McCue said. The city expects more resources to be posted online later today.
(PS - I'd pick on the media more, but the fruit is so low hanging that it is still under water, and not a fair fight for them)