Sunday, November 28, 2010

Greetings from Avoca

A postcard attached to an aerial photo of the village of Avoca, Wis., hangs in the village's Clerk and Treasurer's combined office.

In June 2008, the village of Avoca, Wis., (pop. 608) was underwater.

Morrey Creek – a little trout stream no more than 10 feet wide in most spots – may as well have been the Mississippi River. It flooded half of the village's 300 homes. Thanks to a grant-funded $1.7 million project, a sewer pipe and berm are being constructed in the hopes that it will never happen again.

It's a story about big concrete pipes and some dirt – but so much more.

Surrounded by flood waters in June 2008, these milk cans spelled out "O HELL," but today they welcome passers through to Avoca.

Village of Avoca officials say this home at the corner of William and South First Streets will be razed soon as a result of damage sustained from the flood of June 2008.

Kevin Ewers, left, and Dale Ewers, guide a section of storm sewer into place northwest of the village of Avoca, Wis., Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010.

Village of Avoca public works director Mike Bartels, shown at Morrey Creek in Avoca looks forward to the completion of the $1.7 million construction project adding storm sewers and an earthen berm west of the village, hoping the efforts will prevent damage from floods like the one in June 2008.
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