Meyers, Bewley Introduce Bills for Flood Prevention and Resilience Plan

MADISON—State Representative Beth Meyers and State Senator Janet Bewley introduced bills aimed at flood prevention this week, alongside Governor Tony Evers and several colleagues in the legislature.

The snow melt is coming soon, and we need to prepare for the possible coming floods. The Flood Prevention and Resilience Plan is a package of commonsense, smart policies for flood prevention and recovery programs.

“In 2016 and 2018, there were catastrophic floods in Northern Wisconsin,” said Rep. Meyers. “Lives were lost. There was tens of millions of dollars’ worth of damage to homes and businesses. I never want to see that happen to our state again.

“I’m proud to join Senator Bewley in introducing proactive legislation to prepare for future flooding, which has the potential to become more destructive in the coming years. The bill I authored invests in the Disaster Damage Aids program, which provides our state with a greater ability to respond and partner with local governments after a major flood event. This will help local communities restore roads and infrastructure and prevent further damage. We must work on solutions now for an uncertain future.”

“Although others may have forgotten about the devastation from floods in Northern Wisconsin in 2016 and 2018, I am happy that the Governor hasn’t forgotten and is committed to taking action,” said Sen. Bewley. “I hope that my colleagues will join me in creating a $15 million pilot grant program administered by the Department of Transportation to reinforce, replace or relocate highway bridges or culverts that are at risk of failure during a flooding event.

“Our part of the state in particular is at risk for heavy rainfall and flooding every spring and summer. We all have seen roads, cars, buildings and even lives washed away by torrential rainfall. It’s time to start investing in our infrastructure so that future flooding events don’t continue to jeopardize our way of life in the north.”