Superior Not Likely to Meet Federal Designation for Aid

By KBJR News 1

July 4, 2012 Updated Jul 5, 2012 at 11:10 AM CDT

Superior, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) - While the flood waters have receded, rising frustration levels that many residents are struggling with.

Though the city has come together during this tragedy, the funding needed to repair damaged homes, is currently, out of their hands.

The water is gone, but the damage left behind has residents in Superior taking inventory of what was washed away.

"We have our hot water heater and our furnace, those were shot, there was 26 inches of water, standing water throughout our basement, so again sheet rock has to be removed from all walls," said Nancy Senn, a Superior homeowner.

Those 26" have already come at an extremely high cost

"When I went to apply for a loan, we're talking we were already close to ten thousand, and I know we were missing lots of things that I just didn't include in that list."

A list that many Superior residents have had to make, however City officials say that right now they do not believe they will reach the benchmark to qualify for FEMA funding.

"The basic bottom line minimum is $7.7M dollars in public damage," said Mayor Bruce Hagen.

That damage excludes federal state highways. However, the stipulations of the second requirement seem to be the hardest to meet.

At least 582 residential businesses that have greater than 40 percent of damage according to the value of the property, outside of non-live-able basements."

This news has caused mounting frustration for Superior residents.

"Everyone's going to be sad, they are because they way it sounds it's not going to happen either, so I think a lot of people were counting on that.

But, Mayor Hagen says what they can count on is that City Officials are working around the clock to raise the funds needed to help residents rebuild.

"We're putting together joint efforts with regards to donations, once again through the greater United Way, and trying to get as many donations as possible from the businesses and individuals, and most of that assistance is going to go to residential folks."

Mayor Hagen says the preliminary estimate of public damage is around $2M out of the $7.7M required, and $5M dollars in residential damage.

To date, Superior has had reports of damage from 707 property owners but in only 17 instances has the damage risen to the level defined as “major damage.”

Taryn Ladyka