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Ashley Contributes $300K to Flood Control Project in Hometown

Ashley Furniture Inds. has donated $300,000 to its hometown of Arcadia, Wis., to help finance a $1.5 million flood control project near its factories.

Arcadia officials said Ashley also donated six acres of land that was needed for the construction of a new creek channel, and provided hundreds of hours of in-kind services through its engineering, legal and public relations staffs.

“The Myers Valley Flood Control Project helps protect residents and businesses from major flash flood events, allowing them to focus on more important things,” said Arcadia Mayor Rob Reichwein.  “The City of Arcadia appreciates Ashley’s collective contributions to this project. Ashley is pivotal to our economy and it is our privilege to work with them.”

City officials said flooding problems have existed for years along the Myers Valley Creek watershed, but came to head in September 2010 when flash flooding caused an estimated $10 million in damage to the city.

The project was completed in late July, and already has passed two critical tests by protecting Arcadia residents and businesses from flash floods that occurred on Aug. 12 and Sept. 21, officials said.

Another nearby business, DSM Nutritional Products, contributed $80,000 to the project to remove a bridge and construct a new entrance to its business.

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