In a follow up interview about a melee in Milwaukee on Monday, a community organizer suggests the flood damages in that city have been under reported.
Lamont Harris with Esperanza Unida says all went well Tuesday, with people awaiting help for flood-related food assistance. But he also says it's not difficult to explain how things spiraled out of control on Monday. Harris was on the scene from early Monday morning at a human services building, and says a couple of hundred people attempted to bum rush a line where one time flood related food vouchers were being handed out, for residents who lost food during the flooding. Many people were in the line even though they had no flood losses. Police eventually restored order.
Harris notes much of Wisconsin remains unaware of the flooding impact on Milwaukee's inner city. "I think the lack of attention that is even paid by our local media . . . I'm shocked that they don't do more stories about some of the families who are dealing with as much of a crisis as anybody in Lake Delton." Harris says many Milwaukee families had their homes and possessions damaged by flooding and sewage overflows during this month's heavy rainfall.