The closure of the Great River Road has made flood recovery a double edged sword for the City of Grafton. The city relies on the revenue created by the roadway to offset operational costs and it must now cover the costs of flood clean up with limited funding. Mayor Tom Thompson has reached out to local politicians to see what, if any, aid may be available.
He also instructed Police Chief Chris Sullivan to begin filing the paperwork necessary to declare the Village a disaster area and Sullivan says it will take some time before they know if any aid is on the way.
Complicating matters is the fact that Grafton can not get that declaration as a city and that the state doesn't have the funding to help. Sullivan says that Grafton will only receive aid if money is passed down from the federal government, which won't happen unless the President declares Jersey County eligible for disaster relief.