Madison, Wis. -- The Village of Rock Springs will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 7 to 9 p.m., to begin development of a plan to address long-term solutions to community issues brought about by the flooding caused by the June and July storms. The meeting will be held at Rock Springs Elementary School, 306 Elm Street, in Rock Springs.
The meeting, -- "Flood Recovery?Where Do We Go From Here?" -- is open to all community members wanting to take part in deciding the village's future course. Hazard Mitigation Specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Wisconsin Emergency Management Agency (WEM), along with representatives from FEMA's Long Term Community Recovery cadre, will provide information to help guide the community toward a working plan.
"We welcome the opportunity to assist communities wanting to reduce or alleviate the burden of repeated flooding," said Federal Coordinating Officer Dolph Diemont.? "Whatever expertise and assistance our mitigation specialists can provide is freely given."
The meeting will gather input from those in attendance to establish a framework for a plan to strengthen flood-prevention defenses and remove obstacles to flood mitigation. FEMA and WEM will work with community leaders and concerned residents to develop working solutions for the community's flooding situations.
"Everybody in the community has a stake in Rock Springs' recovery and future goals," said WEM Administrator Johnnie Smith. "By working together, toward a common goal, good things can come about."
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.