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Flood damage in Brazil minimal

Monday, June 9, 2008

The City of Brazil saw it's fair share of flooding during the weekend, but not too much damage was done.

"We had a lot of reports of basements flooding early Saturday morning," Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw said. "The sewer and street departments were sent out to pump basements, but there were quite a few and we ran out of usable pumps."

Bradshaw declared a state of emergency for the city Saturday, which was lifted late Sunday evening.

"The city also ran out of barricades to block off flooded roads, and people were moving them and drove through the water anyway," she said.

Many roads in Clay County were damaged during the flood, but streets in Brazil fared significantly better.

"Ridge Street was really the only major road that was damaged," Bradshaw said. "There have been a few alleyways that washed out, and we are in the process of repairing them."

The city is also going to spend the week picking up any trash and debris that came as a result of the flood.

"Short Street was really bad and we've already picked up approximately 20 cubic yards of trash in that area alone," Bradshaw said. "I imagine we will spend the rest of the week, maybe longer if more damage is done by the additional storms coming in, cleaning up debris from around the city."

There is one bright spot stemming from the impact of the flood.

"I talked to (City Engineer) Brian Pohlar, and he said this could be a big catalyst to get quicker progress on the proposed retention pond," Bradshaw said. "Having the pond would definitely help drain off the excess flood water and alleviate some of the potential problems."

For those around Brazil who lost power during the storms, the city is providing a helpful service.

"We are waiving all reconnection fees for city residents who lost power this weekend," Bradshaw said. "There is typically a $25 reconnection fee, but under the conditions of how power was knocked out, we saw no need to put that extra burden on people."

She also encouraged residents, who had damage to their homes, to fill out a Flood Damage Questionnaire from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security as soon as possible.

"The form is not an application for assistance," Bradshaw said. "I went out to hand out the forms to those on the southern side of the city and the more information we can gather, the greater potential we have to help."

Those needing assistance may also contact Salvation Army Service Unit Member Jennifer Chamberlain at 446-2547 or by e-mail at servingonthestreets@hotmail.com.

Flood Damage Questionnaires may be picked up at Brazil City Hall, or by contacting Clay County Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband at 446-2535 Ext. 156.

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This is great news.

I know the retention pond is going to be an expensive undertaking, but it's necessary to prevent or lessen the effects of heavy rains like this.

-- Posted by Civisi on Mon, Jun 9, 2008, at 7:47 PM

i will say this about ann bradshaw; i saw her out talking to people and checking on them. that is a lot more than i've seen out of past officials. thanks ms. bradshaw!

-- Posted by harleydoctor on Tue, Jun 10, 2008, at 6:54 AM

Ann Bradshaw has been on top of every aspect of city relief efforts. She is to be commended. City workers have worked tirelessly to take care of others. Outstanding work!!

-- Posted by scwh1974 on Tue, Jun 10, 2008, at 7:37 PM

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