May 21, 2019

Stories from the Flood-Story Workshop-Ontario Public Library

Climate change has drastically increased flooding in the Driftless region of southwestern Wisconsin. The most recent flood, in late August 2018, was the worst on record. Residents continue to process what happened, rebuild, and worry about an uncertain future. In collaboration with several Vernon County and Crawford County libraries and historical societies, the Driftless Writing Center's "Stories from the Flood," project is collecting and disseminating the area's experience as climate change alters lives and landscapes. The stories are generated at workshops held in affected communities and will be archived in a public location for future use. The goal is to help flood-affected residents of Vernon and Crawford Counties with community healing, creation an easily accessible record of personal experiences during a historical event and create a community knowledge bank that can inform future planning and share this climate change story to decisionmakers at all levels.

Ontario Public Library
PO Box 69 313 Main St
Ontario WI, 54651-0069

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