Dylan Jennings, Public Information
Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa
Office: (715) 348-6594
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State of Emergency - Severe Storm and Flooding Update, July 20, 2016
ODANAH, WI – Current damage assessment by the Bad River Band has found that over 45 homes within the reservation boundaries have been affected by the flooding. Nine homes have been completely destroyed, and many others have lost furniture, clothing, and household supplies. The Tribe is continuing to work cooperatively with other agencies to further assess damages.
Bad River Social & Family Services has received an abundance of food, water, and cleaning supplies from across Indian Country and other communities. The Band would like to extend a chi-miigwech to all of our relatives and friends for responding during our time of need. At this time, the community is in a good place with regard to supplies and water. The abundance allowed Bad River to share water and supplies with the communities of Sanborn, Highbridge, and York, who were also affected by flooding.
Monetary contributions to the Band are still being accepted at:
Bad River Tribal Relief Fund
221 4th Ave. West
Ashland, WI 54806
Bad River Water and Sewer Supervisor Philip Livingston has reported that water in New Odanah has been tested at a state certified lab and is considered safe. This pertains to water from the main water supply system. Residents with private wells should make sure their water is properly tested by calling the POWTS Inspector at (715) 682-7123 ex. 1663.
US Hwy 2 near Kakagon Bridge remains closed until further notice. Please follow the designated detour around the bridge construction. Semis, buses, and bus-size RVs are still prohibited from using this route. Vehicles of this nature should use the detour recommended by the Department of Transportation at projects.511wi.gov.