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Wauwatosa flood fix could remove up to 122 area homes

Posted: 9:33 PM, Nov 29, 2017
Updated: 2017-11-30 15:35:35Z

Plans to fix flooding problems in Wauwatosa are drawing concern from some residents.

The city is working with the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) to come up with multiple options on how to fix the issue of flooding. The city saw major floods in 1997, 1998, 2010, 2014. 

In the plans posted online , two proposals call for the removing the homes. One of them would restore the one time Schoonmaker Creek with a man-made channel. It would remove 122 homes to make way. The other would remove more than 70 homes for storage of the water. 

But these are only a couple of the more than 19 potential options and part of a bigger report that will be submitted to the city next year.

"There is nothing imminent, and even after that it quite a large engineering project," said Mayor Kathy Ehley.

"Any sort of construction would likely be years from now," said Wauwatosa City Engineer Bill Wehrley.

Residents can look at all the potential plans and submit comments on the city's website . After the flooding in the late 90's Wauwatosa was forced to move 64 homes.