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Town of Shelby works to solve reoccurring flooding issue

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TOWN OF SHELBY, Wis. (WXOW) - The Town of Shelby Board reports that for the last 15 years, on the south side of the township, they've received extensive flooding.

The flooding has caused severe damage to homes and part of the railroad along Hwy. 35.

The flooding issue stems from multiple problems, but the board said it is clear that a change of infrastructure needs to take place to handle heavy rainfall.

The board agreed that to alleviate some of the problems, large box culverts need to be created underneath the highway, along with better ditching, so floodwaters, sediments, and debris don't back up in the Mississippi River basin.

"We just can't keep allowing this flooding to happen," said Tim Candahl, Shelby Town Chairman. "We're trying to be proactive. I know it has been very tough on all the residents in Shelby. It's tough to get all the agencies together and agree on a solution, but I think we have a good idea of what needs to be done."

There are many agencies involved in this project including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, the Wisconsin DNR, and FEMA.

Candahl said the development plan is still in the works and estimates construction should begin by 2022.

Lindsey Ford

Lindsey Ford is a multi-media journalist.

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