Officials Look To Plan Flood Prevention In Madison
by Jeff Rusack, Reporter
June 01, 2012 6:35 PM
After the flooding in 1993, four years passed before the residents of Madison voted down building a retention dam north of town. But, now city officials are starting to revisit an idea that would help prevent future flooding.
“We are going to need sustained public support to keep this moving forward and it may not be an easy road,” said Madison Mayor Gene Hexom.
Building any form of retention dam north of Madison or Lake Herman may be years away but city officials hope to get the ball rolling soon.
“We haven't even started discussions. We're just beginning to get to the point of where we are and what's next,” said Hexom.
The damage from the flood that struck in early may didn't cause enough damage for Madison to receive state or federal funding. So, any money the city wants to use to construct a dam preventing future flooding will have to come from taxpayers.
“We got to have cost updates. We've got to have environmental studies and reviews. So, there’s a lot of updating that needs to be done,” said Hexom
The next step for the mayor is to ask the Lake County Commissioners to fund a study similar to one started in 1994 and released in 1995.
“If we're going to move forward, a step at a time, we have to seriously look at getting this study revised and updated,” said Hexom.
But, four years after the flood in 1993 voters said no to flood prevention. Now, city officials hope with last month’s reminder they will reconsider in the future.
“When it comes down to the taxpayer bearing the major portion of the funding burden and they see how much this going to add to their taxes, they’ll say, well let me think about this,” said Hexom.
No one died in the Madison flood in 1993. An Alabama man drowned in last months flood.