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Whiteside County Planning Ahead for Hazardous Weather

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In Whiteside County, officials are working on plans to reduce the future damage from severe weather. Thursday afternoon the All Hazards Mitigation Planning Committee will meet to continue discussing possible projects.

A consulting firm, American Environmental, is helping the committee. And spokeswoman Andrea Bostwick says the main hazards they're planning for are flooding and severe storms.

"Some of the projects are things like generators so that we can keep those critical services functioning if power outages occur. Things like lift stations for drinking water and wastewater treatment plants."

Other possibilities include "hardening" important buildings and facilities so they can withstand any type of severe weather. The planning committee includes local governments, hospitals, and school districts.

The sheriff's office says flooding and storms in Whiteside County have caused at least 9.5 million dollars in property damage and more than 22 million dollars worth of crop damage.

Bostwick says once the plan is finished in a few months it will be forwarded to state and federal emergency management agencies for their approval.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.