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DNR assesses flood damage on wildlife areasSubmitted: 06/19/2018
Story By Ryan Sandberg

DNR assesses flood damage on wildlife areas
ONEIDA COUNTY - The excessive amount of rain last weekend not only damaged roadways and private property, but wildlife management areas as well.

Blocked or washed out culverts and roadways on state land limit access to areas used often by people.


The DNR checks state managed land for issues often, but especially after severe weather events.

DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz checked the Thunder Lake Wildlife Area Tuesday.

"It's routine for us [to check wildlife areas] when we have severe storms like we just had. The call goes out for staff to go out and check their properties and look for damage especially related to heavy precipitation, washouts and so forth," said Holtz.

If any damage or washouts are found, a report is submitted to make the necessary repairs.


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