The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service announced earlier this week that it will provide $160,000 in funds to assist the Village of Lake Delton in emergency actions as a result of the Lake Delton breach.
"The stream that formed Lake Delton, which is now flowing through the breached area, needs to be routed back into the original stream channel and back through the dam structure," according Tom Krapf, acting state conservationist for the NRCS in Wisconsin. "This diversion is undoubtedly the most critical course of action to secure safety and reduce the potential for additional damages in Lake Delton."
NRCS applied for and received $160,000 through the USDA Emergency Watershed Protection Program exigency funds. Work will begin today to redirect the flow into the original channel to prevent further cutting in the breach and thwart further erosion of the banks. Stabilizing the slope, including armoring, excavation, erosion control and temporary wall construction can prevent further damages that would occur if the area receives additional rains.
The Lake Delton re-construction work will prevent additional loss of property through sloughing of banks. The planned construction will take 10 days to complete.
"The purpose of the Emergency Watershed program is to prevent the impending additional damages and threats to health and safety that we see here at Lake Delton," said Krapf.
Help for Vernon CountyNRCS has also secured $370,000 to date to assist Vernon County with emergency watershed repairs. Vernon County is one of 12 counties in Wisconsin that has already been declared a federal disaster area. There are 106 roads that have been closed in Vernon County.