Downtown Recovery Resources

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The purpose of this page is to serve as a clearinghouse for events, fundraising efforts and resources aimed at helping the residents and its businesses of Downtown Sun Prairie recover from the natural gas explosion on July 10th, 2018.  Check back here often for updates and new information.

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Application Information for Disaster Relief Funds

Impacted employees or business owners located in the affected area needing assistance are also being asked to submit an application. The application form can be accessed on the United Way web site at:

Impacted residents who live within a half mile of North Bristol and Main Streets that are seeking assistance should directly contact Sunshine Place for assistance, or complete the online application at: 

Impacted First Responders seeking assistance should contact the City’s Human Resources Department or their respective Chief.

Impacted building & property owners seeking assistance should contact the City’s Economic Development Department by email at

All applications seeking assistance should be submitted by Friday, August 17. Likely there will be another opportunity to request assistance if the near future but it is important to identify all as many needs as possible now to help evaluate the current and future need for funds. The applications will be reviewed the week following the August 17 deadline and distributions are expected to begin by late August.

View the full press release from the review committee by clicking here.

Status of Downtown Businesses (Updated 8/10/18)

Click here for the current directory listing of Downtown Businesses and their operation status (e.g. are they open for business?).

Street Closures and Detours

Local detours are signed:

  • Westbound on Main Street: Right on Church Street, right on Columbus Street, left on Wilburn Road, left on N. Bristol Street/Hwy N, right on Hwy 19/Windsor Street.
  • Eastbound on Main Street: Right on S. Bird Street, left on Linnerud Drive, left on Market Street, right on E. Main Street.
  • Click here for a map of these local detours.

Regional Detours:

  • All east and westbound lanes of WIS 19 are closed between North Bristol St and County N in Sun Prairie because of an ongoing incident. Regional traffic is being sent around the closure via U.S. 151 and STH 73.

Where to Make Donations to Funds Providing Financial Support

Bank of Sun Prairie Memorial Fund for the Family of Captain Cory Barr

The Bank of Sun Prairie Memoiral Fund has been established to provide short term and long term funds support solely for the family of Captain Cory Barr.

For more information on qualifying for funding assistance or requesting funds, please contact the Bank of Sun Prairie at (608) 837-4511.

Bank of Sun Prairie Disaster Relief Fund

The Bank of Sun Prairie Disaster Relief Fund have been established to provide short term, emergency based grants to help individuals and businesses impacted by the explosion Downtown.  

Immediate priority is assisting residents displaced by the explosion and subsequent investigation who do not have any other resources..

For more information on qualifying for funding assistance or requesting funds, please contact the Bank of Sun Prairie at (608) 837-4511 or Sunshine Place at (608) 825-3875.

To donate online, click "Donate Now" at: 

Summit Credit Union Disaster Relief Fund

Donations collected will be given to Sunshine Place to fund supplies and support displaced families. 100% of your donation will be given back to the Sun Prairie community to help affected families and businesses.

Bank of Sun Prairie Disaster Recovery Loans

6-month Single Pay Unsecured Loan with 0%* APR.  No monthly payment obligation. No closing costs.  This offer available to those impacted within a ½ mile radius of  the intersection of Bristol Street and Main Street in Sun Prairie, WI and subject to bank approval.  *Annual percentage rate (APR) is effective as of 7/11/18.  All applications must be submitted by September 30, 2018. A balloon payment may result.  

  • Consumer Limit: Up to $2,500
  • Commercial Limit: Up to $25,000

Click here for more information including phone contacts.

Sunshine Place

The purpose of Sunshine Place is to direct and administer the operation of a facility to house multiple charitable organizations providing social services needs to include but not be limited to food and clothing necessities in a manner that provides a single point of access to these services for the Sun Prairie community.  

Sunshine Place efforts in this recovery have included:

  • Coordinating assistance to residents displaced by the explosion, including identifying housing options, coordinating with housing agencies and seeking financial assistance.
  • Providing food and refreshments to residents and emergency personnel.
  • Assembling a list of volunteers for a variety of work opportunities.

Click here to donate to Sunshine Place online.

Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry

The Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry has been coordinating with Sunshine Place on the provision of food and supplies to displaced residents and emergency responders, in addition to providing for existing clients in need.

Click here to donate money to the Emergency Food Pantry.

Click here to donate items to the Emergency Food Pantry.

Key Contact Numbers:

General Media Inquiries: City Administrator's Office: (608) 825-1193

Sun Prairie Police Department Non-Emergency Number: (608) 837-7336

Media Inquiries Regarding the Investigation: Lt. Kevin Konopacki

WE Energies Business Line: 1-800-714-7777

Sun Prairie Utilities: (608) 837-5500

Sun Prairie Building Inspection Department (608) 825-1184

Sunshine Place (Housing Assistance) (608) 825-3875

Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (608) 264-8115

Sweet Corn Festival Parade Route


"Go Fund Me" Campaigns

There are currently 35 campaigns related to Downtown Sun Prairie Recovery Efforts.  A summary list with links can be found by clicking here.  Last updated on Aug. 2, 2018.

If you are aware of any campaigns that are posted that should be added to this list, please email us at

If you are interested in starting a Go Fund Me campaign, click here for more information.


The City of Sun Prairie does not guarantee the accuracy of the information shared on this page.  Reasonable efforts to maintain current and timely information on this page will be made, but are not guaranteed.

The City does not verify, endorse or otherwise confirm where any donated funds through either events or other fundraising efforts mentioned here end up. Such verification is the responsibility of the person donating funds.

Current Map of Restricted Areas (Updated July 19, 2018 2:30 p.m.)

071918 Updated Green Zone Map

Click here to view the full size map

Access to Restricted Areas

As of July 27th, access to this area is still restricted to those with yellow or orange wristbands issued by the City Building Inspection Department.  All impacted businesses and building owners should continue to coordinate any access with the City Building Inspection Department until further notice.

Ongoing Sources of Information:

City Website:


Nixle Emergency Information System

Nixle is a free service that gives our department the ability to communicate with subscribers via e-mail, text, and web messages with timely alerts on information important to them.  Citizens can opt in to receive text messages, e-mails, or both.  Alerts may include weather advisories, road conditions/closures, and announcements of snow emergencies.  Click here to sign up.

Other Means of Communication

  • Business Improvement District Email List
  • Ongoing Informational Meetings as needed

If you have an event or resource that you would like to add, please email it to