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Federal Disaster Declaration Approved for Wisconsin
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 10/19/2018

The federal government has approved a disaster declaration to help individuals and local communities impacted by devastating floods and strong storms that occurred in August and September. Earlier this month, Governor Scott Walker requested federal disaster aid, which has now been granted to eligible individuals, families and businesses in Crawford, Dane, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk and Vernon counties.

Several other counties that also sustained damage from flooding and tornadoes are still under review by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the Individual Assistance Program. Those counties are Adams, Columbia, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Jefferson, Marquette, Ozaukee and Washington.

In addition to requesting individual assistance, Walker also requested public assistance for local governments to help recover damage to infrastructure such as roads and bridges. Counties approved for the Public Assistance Program include Adams, Crawford, Dane, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Iron, Juneau, La Crosse, Marquette, Monroe, Ozaukee, Richland, Sauk and Vernon counties. Under the Public Assistance Program, FEMA provides 75 percent reimbursement of eligible costs, while the state and local agencies share the remaining 25 percent.

Wisconsin Emergency Management, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration will begin to implement the declaration which will take several months.

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