Flash floods inundate Wis. town for 2nd time

There are 6 comments on the Jun 9, 2008, Post-Standard story titled Flash floods inundate Wis. town for 2nd time. In it, Post-Standard reports that:

Flash floods inundated a southwest Wisconsin town Monday for the second time in 10 months, while 60 miles away an embankment along a man-made lake gave way, unleashing a powerful current that ripped homes off ...

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Uncle Buck56

Ripon, WI

#1 Jun 10, 2008
This ought to be a lesson learned. Why are we wasting dollars rebuilding a community when we know it is envitable that at some point in time it will be washed away again! On a much larger scale we are doing the same thing in New Orleans. Take out the politics and apply some common sense!!!
Concerned

Waukesha, WI

#2 Jun 10, 2008
Uncle Buck.. If Ripon were to be destroyed by a tornado, should money be wasted on rebuilding it, knowing that a tornado could hit again? What about Lake Delton ? Should they fix that up or just let it be as it is now, knowing the financial impact it would have on the state. You can say that about any natural disaster then. Instead of saying don't waste money to rebuild, show some compassion to these people, of which some are relatives of mine. Most have lost everything they have. The money lost in crops will now be added to food costs for everyone. Politics has nothing to do with natural disasters.
sunshine

United States

#3 Jun 11, 2008
Thanks Uncle Buck I live in Milwaukee most of my life. I have done lots of traveling in wisconsin. I bought land in Bell Center 2 years ago. I love that area. The people are so nice there. When I come to town. I can be driving down the road and people working in the feilds will wave at me like I am a lost cousin. You do not find that often in Wisconsin. This is apple country. My heart goes out to them and when I come to town my money will also. Peace to all
This is the work of a higher power.
Concerned

Waukesha, WI

#4 Jun 11, 2008
sunshine wrote:
Thanks Uncle Buck I live in Milwaukee most of my life. I have done lots of traveling in wisconsin. I bought land in Bell Center 2 years ago. I love that area. The people are so nice there. When I come to town. I can be driving down the road and people working in the feilds will wave at me like I am a lost cousin. You do not find that often in Wisconsin. This is apple country. My heart goes out to them and when I come to town my money will also. Peace to all
This is the work of a higher power.
Thank you Sunshine. My family comes from Bell Center and Gays Mills. We have a cabin out there and I can't agree with you more. The people are the friendliest you will find anywhere. The apples are the best around, and the area is very beautiful and peaceful. I hope Uncle Buck doesn't have to experience the devestation that the people of Crawford County, and other flood area's are going through !
ANOTHER TAXPAYER

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#5 Jun 11, 2008
Will the taxpayers that will foot the bill of rebuilding this town get free passes to the tourist traps? I doubt it, I think other then rebuilding the damaged roads and power lines the bill to rebuild the lak should be on the local business and taxpayers to firgure out.

THIS IS A LOCAL MAN MADE LAKE. Made for tourism, so I as a taxpayer see NO benefit to spending my tax dollars to rebuild the lake with my money.

If we are going to do that why don't we give money to EXXON and Shell and BP at the same time?
Concerned

Waukesha, WI

#6 Jun 11, 2008
ANOTHER TAXPAYER wrote:
Will the taxpayers that will foot the bill of rebuilding this town get free passes to the tourist traps? I doubt it, I think other then rebuilding the damaged roads and power lines the bill to rebuild the lak should be on the local business and taxpayers to firgure out.
THIS IS A LOCAL MAN MADE LAKE. Made for tourism, so I as a taxpayer see NO benefit to spending my tax dollars to rebuild the lake with my money.
If we are going to do that why don't we give money to EXXON and Shell and BP at the same time?
Gays Mills is not on Lake Delton. It is on the kickapoo river. Built there in the 1800's for the fact that it provided water for it's people and power for the flour and grain mills. MOST lakes are man made. Wisconsin Dells, Lake Delton are vital to Wisconsin's Economics. Without it, there would be no tourist dollars. Sparta stands on a river. If it was flooded, would I want it to be rebuilt, or just say, "Let the people who live there find someplace else to live" ? I'd want them to stay and rebuild there town, knowing my tax dollars are probably going to be used. If you think the opposite, then you have no heart !

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