Oconto County Board creates flooding project account

The special fund will help pay costs associated with southern county high water issues
By: 
Warren Bluhm
Oconto County Times Herald Editor

OCONTO — With land along the shore of Green Bay threatened by flooding this spring due to record-high Great Lakes water levels, the County Board on Thursday transferred $50,000 to create a Southern Oconto County Flooding Project Account as part of the Emergency Management Department budget.

The new account will pay for such projects as the Highway Department’s filling 11,200 sandbags at a cost of $12,000, for example, Administrative Coordinator Kevin Hamann told the board.

Some sandbagging may be needed near the courthouse, Hamann said.

“When we did have that flooding (in Oconto) over the New Year, the water got close to the courthouse here,” he said. “We may have to do some other miscellaneous things, such as reimbursing the recycling facility because we are housing the sandbags there, etc.”

The money was transferred from the board’s contingency fund, but Hamann hopes to recoup some of the funds by charging municipalities and sanitary districts at a slight discount for filled and unfilled sandbags.

The sandbags can be purchased from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays at the recycling facility, 153 Evergreen Road, Oconto, or other times by appointment, he said. The resolution creating the special account passed on a unanimous vote.

The southern part of the county is not alone in facing possible flooding: A flood warning was issued late last week after the Oconto River reached flood stage near Gillett due to ice jams.