WI town mops up

Almost two weeks since floodwaters hit Antigo, the community is cleaning up and on its way to forming an interfaith recovery team.

BY HEATHER MOYER | ANTIGO, Wisc. | April 9, 2004



"There's drywall damage, and many folks are having to replace appliances that were in their basements."

—Steve Davis


Almost two weeks since floodwaters hit the small town of Antigo, the community is cleaning up and on its way to forming an interfaith recovery team.

Close to 100 homes and 39 businesses in the small northeast Wisconsin town were affected by the flood, the worst to hit the area in 40 years.

Yet most of the damage isn't visible from the outside. "There is some significant water damage, but most of it happened in basements," said Steve Davis, the disaster response ministry coordinator for the Wisconsin conference of the United Church of Christ. "There's drywall damage, and many folks are having to replace appliances that were in their basements."

Davis added that they were fortunate that the waters receded quickly. "It could've been worse, and we're glad it wasn't," he said.

This past Tuesday the town held a meeting where representatives from more than 20 disaster relief service providers met with 80 residents to discuss recovery needs. Davis, who also serves an interim minister of Antigo's Faith United Church of Christ, said the meeting was very useful.

"All the local organizations involved are great and have been well-prepared," he said. "And the community has also dealt well with all of it."

He's also been speaking with Church World Service (CWS) Disaster Response and Recovery Liaison (DRRL) Tom Davis and the state Salvation Army representative for assistance in forming the interfaith recovery team.

Davis said they are waiting to distribute interfaith funds until the residents get help from insurance companies and the state. "The interfaith will take two to three weeks to get formed, but then they'll be able to help distribute money to those with unmet needs," he said.

Antigo is 90 miles northwest of Green Bay.


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