Reno County Estimates Flood Damage Over $2 Million

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Wednesday August 14, 2013

The cost of the recent rains is adding up in Reno County with estimates of flood damage at more than $2 million.

"Repairing roads is fairly expensive so it's going to be a lot of money," said Bill Guy, director of Reno County Emergency Management.

As many as 80 road segments have been closed at some point during the past month and half. Guy said that washed out dirt roads will likely have damage to them.

Three bridges, including the one northwest of Hutchinson by 56th and Pennington, have significant damage that the cost to replace them will be around $1 million.

"I'm sure the county doesn't have that kind of money just sitting in reserves, so it's probably going to be quite a while before they get all this repaired and paid off," said Marnie Proffitt, Hutchinson resident.

Preliminary estimates show about 150 to 75 homes with damage from the flood waters.

Guy expects damage assessments to continue into next week. He hopes there will be some federal aid to help communities affected by the recent rains.

"I'm thinking Reno County was the bullseye but there's other counties," said Guy. "There's a lot of counties in the South Central area who have suffered a lot of damage."

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