flood updates

As Community Begins Cleanup, Yet Another Round of Storms Hits Area - Power Outages Challenge Cleanup

 ODANAH, WI - Just as the people of Bad River have begun to heal from last week's devastating floods, yet another round of severe thunderstorms knocked power out to nearly 65,000 area residents earlier this morning.

A line of thunderstorms moved through the Bad River, Ashland and Bayfield area early Thursday morning, July 21, toppling trees and downing power lines. It is being reported that although the energy companies are working to restore power as quickly as possible, customers of Bayfield Electric are being advised to prepare to go up to four days without power.

Despite the latest blow, residents remain optimistic and in good spirits.

With temperatures expected to reach the high 80's today and into the 90's tomorrow, people are reminded to pay special attention to elders, young children and those with special medical or health needs.

Tribe Grateful for Support

The Bad River Tribe extends heartfelt gratitude to all of the tribes, groups, individuals and organizations that have donated time and energy in helping the Bad River community cope and heal from this natural disaster.

Our community was hard hit and although many are recovering from flood damage to their homes and property, we are pleased to report no loss of life or injury as a result of the storms and flooding. 

The Bad River community wishes to offer our sincerest condolences to the surrounding communities for their losses and hopes the Creator blesses the afflicted families with peace and comfort in this time of grief.

We will continue to work to restore essential services and a level of normalcy to the residents of our community.

We appreciate the help extended by the outside world and hope soon to return to our everyday activities.

You can keep up to date on all the latest developments by clicking here to follow the Bad River Flood Relief Page. Make sure to like the page and the Tribe's official Facebook Page by clicking here to visit.  Or contact the Command Post at (715) 685-7859.

Chii miigwech (Big thank you)!

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Monetary Donation Information

The Tribe has set up a Flood Relief Fund at Associated Bank. If you would like to help, you can send cash or check to:

Associated Bank...
Bad River Tribal Relief Fund
  221 4th Street
Ashland, WI 54806

Or visit www.badriver-nsn.gov and click 'Donate' to give via Paypal or credit card.

CONTACT:

Dylan Jennings, Public Information

Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa

Office: (715) 348-6594

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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:

Associated Bank

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.

Donation of Food & Other Goods

In the Ashland area, there are currently two donation sites where you may drop off donations for the Bad River community: Midland/Cenex on Sanborn Avenue and Super One on Ellis Avenue.
Outside of the Ashland area, or if you have any questions regarding donation of goods, please contact Esie Leoso-Corbine, Bad River Social Services Director. Her phone number is (715) 292-0067.

CONTACT:

Dylan Jennings, Public Information

Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa

Office: (715) 348-6594

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

State of Emergency - Severe Storm and Flooding Update, July 17, 2016

 

ODANAH, WI - The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa remains in a State of Emergency after thunderstorms caused severe flooding on Monday, July 11, 2016 through Thursday, July 14, 2016. Though the Band is still assessing the extent of the damage to property, roads, bridges, community facilities, and other areas, accessibility to the area has been largely restored after having been cutoff for several days.

US Hwy 2 is open for cars and light vehicles. Heavy trucks, semis, buses, and bus-like RVs are still prohibited from using Hwy 2. Recreational vehicles and hauling trailers are highly discouraged from using this route. On the reservation, Kakagon Road, Government Road, and Boat Landing Road remain closed. Please watch our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/badriverflood for the latest information regarding road closures and conditions.

We have compiled a list of resources for local residents affected by the flood in Bad River.

  • Displaced residents or affected residents with other needs should make an appointment to attend the Multi-Agency Resource Center at the Bad River Community Center on Tuesday, July 19 - Wednesday, July 20 by calling (715) 682-7127.
  • Meals will be provided for flood victims and community members daily from July 17-22, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. at the Bad River Community Center.
  • A boil notice is still in effect for tribal residents with private wells that were affected by flooding within the reservation boundaries. Any affected tribal member with a well that has not been inspected and approved for use should call Eugene Bigboy, Jr., POWTS Inspector, at (715) 682-7123 ex. 1663.
  • Swim and Standing Water Advisories are also still in effect. There should be no swimming in local water bodies or standing water due to potential contamination.

In the wake of the disaster, Bad River Tribal Chairman Robert Blanchard has said that the Bad River community has received overwhelming support. 

"On behalf of the Bad River Band, we'd like to extend our sincere gratitude and a chi-miigwech (big thank you) for all the help and assistance we have been receiving. Amid the disaster and destruction, we are fortunate to have seen many families, organizations, communities, and tribes come together to help our people and work together toward safety and recovery."

Donations for the Bad River community are still being accepted. To donate food or goods, please contact Esie Leoso-Corbine, Bad River Social Services Director, at (715) 292-0067. Two permanent donation sites are also available in Ashland at Midland on Sanborn Ave. and Super One on Ellis Ave. Monetary donations can be sent to the Tribe's Flood Relief Fund at Associated Bank. Send cash or check to:

Associated Bank

Bad River Tribal Relief Fund

221 4th Street

Ashland, WI 54806

You can also visit www.badriver-nsn.gov and click 'Donate' to give via Paypal or credit card.

Anyone that is interested in volunteering with relief efforts or has any questions can call the Command Center at (715) 685-7859.

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Updates for July 15, 2016
11:20 a.m.

-Denomie Creek Bridge is fixed and accessible for local traffic only.
-River Road is fixed and accessible by local traffic only....
- Contact the Bad River Command Center at 715-685-7859 for questions and information.
-If there are any PR questions or concerns please contact Dylan Jennings, Public Information at (715) 348-6594.

Boozhoo Giinawaa,


This is to serve as a community update for Bad River community members. 


There has been some miscommunication through social media and a new page has been created for updates, notices and press releases. Please join this page to receive up-to-date information. Here is the link:Bad River Flood Update Facebook Page
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Updates


-Denomie Creek Bridge is fixed and accessible for local traffic only.


-River road is fixed and accessible by local traffic only.


- Contact the Bad River Command Center at 715-685-7859 for questions and information.


-If there are any PR questions or concerns please contact Dylan 
Jennings, Public Information at (715) 348-6594.


Dylan Jennings,

Director Public Information Office

Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission

72682 Maple Street Odanah, WI 54861

(715) 682-6619 (office)

(715) 348-6594 (cell)

DOT has an expected completion date of tomorrow (July 16) for US Hwy 2. This is expected, not guaranteed. Stay tuned!

Update: The DOT completion date for US Hwy 2 has been pushed back to Monday, July 18.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

State of Emergency - Severe Storm and Flooding Update, July 14, 2016

ODANAH , WI - The Bad River Reservation experienced severe flooding on Monday, July 11, 2016, through Thursday, July 14, 2016. The floods were the result of a series of severe thunderstorms that moved through the area, causing significant property damage and the destruction of roads, bridges, community facilities, trails and recreation areas as well as individuals’ homes on the reservation.

Restoring the most basic of essential services and infrastructure remains of great concern for the Tribe. The safety, health and well-being of our Tribal members, elders, children, families and other community members is at the forefront of our efforts at this time.

The Bad River Tribal Council, the governing body of the Bad River Band, officially declared a State of Emergency on the reservation in addition to Governor Walker naming Ashland County as one of eight counties in his State of Emergency declaration. The Bad River Band is requesting support, technical and financial assistance from the State and Federal Government and non-government agencies and organizations to help the Band in our efforts to recover and repair roads, bridges, community facilities, trails and recreational areas and implement disaster mitigation controls.

In addition, the Bad River Band is requesting technical and financial assistance to help Bad River Tribal members and non-Tribal member reservation residents who are experiencing immediate and extended losses because of this disaster. For information on how you can assist the Tribe, please contact the Bad River Command Post: 715-685-7859

Please make note of the following updated road closures: US Highway 2 west of New Odanah, WI is closed at Denomie Creek Bridge                    

Detour route is as follows: for westbound traffic on US 2 go south on US 51 to WIS 77, west on WIS 77 to US 63 to US 53, then north on US 53 back to US 2. All eastbound travelers on US 2 will reverse these directions.