BLOOMINGTON (WEEK) – A Bloomington alderman, whose ward was hard hit by flooding in late June, wants the city council to provide financial help for flood victims.
The proposal presented by Ward 7 representative Mollie Ward would direct city staffers to create a plan providing near-term financial assistance to people whose property was flooded by sewage from the storms on June 25 and 26.
Financial aid would be dependent on residents’ income levels, insurance coverage, and eligibility for other assistance. Ward also wants the city to seek dollars that might be available from the state government and other agencies.
Ward’s proposal comes as city leaders look to improve sewage systems in many parts of the community that handle storm water and human waste. Those upgrades were originally scheduled to be done before the end of this decade, but many residents are demanding the council speed up those improvements, and city leaders are considering whether to spend federal COVID relief dollars to do the work.
The city council is expected to discuss whether to move forward on Ward’s proposal at Monday night’s committee-of-the-whole meeting.
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