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Milwaukee Officials Examine How to Avoid Flooding Problems


MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s largest city will look for ways to avoid the flooding problems it had last summer.

Milwaukee had up to 9 inches of rain in one night last July. And a task force will study improvements to the city’s network of sewers so backups can be prevented.

Thousands of homes had sewage backups in the July storm. One person was killed, and Glendale Nicolet High School had millions of dollars in damage which resulted in a late start to the school year.

Alderman Jim Bohl, a co-chairman of the task force, said there’s a crucial need to keep overflow waters and sewage out of basements so property values are maintained. He said the panel would consider everything from larger sewage pipes to installing rain-collecting barrels.

Mike Hahn of the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission says record-setting rains have become more common in the last 15 years. He said there’s been a change in weather patterns that should be considered in Milwaukee’s sewage improvements.