Published: Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 --- 6:45 p.m.
Despite the sunny September skies, folks in Boscobel can't help but think about the cold winter ahead.
"Right now we're looking at heating season just about upon us, and there still are some families that don't have furnaces," said Steve Braun, the Grant Co. emergency management director.
Severe flooding in the area in June affected around 500 homes, displaced 100 families and washed away sidewalks, roads and fields.
In total, Grant Co. suffered around $3.5 million dollars in damage. Fortunately, the county qualified for and received federal aid. But on the individual side, homeowners haven't received any financial assistance. Now both the city of Boscobel and the county are each applying for $500,000 grants to help residents out.
"Without having FEMA here for the individual assistance, it's made it a lot harder for the community to reach out and find those programs that will help people," Braun said. "Almost nobody that was affected had flood insurance."
"It's an emotional roller coaster from day to day," said Misty Molzof, whose house was hit hardest when the heavy rainfall cause the creek behind her home to flood.
The last time NBC 15 checked in with her, the single mom's backyard and basement were underwater. As family and friends moved her belongings out, she didn't think she'd ever be able to move back in.
"Last week, I was really, truly blessed," she said. "I had Wisconsin Volunteers in Mission's group come and rebuild my home. And there was between 15 and 30 people here every day for five days."
Now Molzof says she and her two sons will be coming home within the next month. "I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel."
For those who are still awaiting help, the region now has a long-term recovery committee. It's spearheading efforts to install working furnaces and take care of any immediate needs until the city and county get the final word on their grants.
Families who still need funding for furnace repairs can contact Grant Co. emergency management at 723-7171.
The long-term recovery committee is also seeking donations to help those families in need. Donations can be made to:
Boscobel Flood Relief Fund
C/O Clare Bank
1701 Elm Street
Boscobel WI 53805.