Flooding has been a huge issue in Brookfield, especially in the last decade. The city is holding a meeting to inform residents and to solicit comments. I'm surprised flooding hasn't been more of a campaign issue since it greatly affects quality of life, is affected by many policy decisions and solutions are tremendously expensive. Please join me in attending. Your comments are vital to shaping upcoming city policy and budgets. You might even get to meet a few candidates for mayor and hear what they think.
This press release was sent out January 12 by Tom Grisa, Director of Public Works for the City of Brookfield, 796-6644.
City-wide Flood Meeting Scheduled for Brookfield Residents on February 11th, 2010
Over the past two summers, the City of Brookfield has been inundated with heavy rains, specifically in the month of June. These heavy and intense rain events caused localized and regional flooding, road closures, and sewer backups. City officials have met individually with many residents affected by these rain events since then. Some District Aldermen have scheduled meetings with larger groups to discuss what can be done to keep basements dry during these major rain events. These meetings have been very productive and helpful in collecting information from residents about the impact of these rain events to help determine what improvements could be made to impacted areas. The meetings have also served as an opportunity to transfer information to residents about what the City can do and is doing to help residents, what residents can do to help themselves and their neighbors, and what is beyond everyone’s control.
Because of the importance of this issue and success of these smaller meetings, City officials have scheduled a City-wide flood meeting for all Brookfield residents. This meeting will be held in the courtroom at the Public Safety Building, located at 2100 N. Calhoun Road, on February 11, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. Tom Grisa, Director of Public Works for the City, will make a short presentation about flooding and keeping your basement dry followed by an opportunity for residents to ask questions.
The City encourages those who have been impacted by rain events in the past to come and learn more about this important topic. If you are unable to attend, the presentation will be made available on the City’s website at www.cityofbrookfield.com under flood information. There is already a wealth of information on the flood information page that residents can look at ahead of the meeting as well if they so choose.
The city web site has plenty of good information about the flooding in recent years, what the city has done about it and how residents can help. Here area few example pages:
These statements are the personal opinion of Scott Berg and are not necessarily the official policy of the City of Brookfield.