President Trump approves disaster declaration in Wisconsin

 President Donald Trump approved a federal disaster declaration for a number of Wisconsin counties affected by flooding and severe storms from mid-August to mid-September.

Below is the official declaration as released by the White House:

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Wisconsin and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, flooding, and landslides from August 17 to September 14, 2018.

The President’s action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Crawford, Dane, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, and Vernon.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding also is available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, flooding, and landslides in the counties of Adams, Crawford, Dane, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Iron, Juneau, La Crosse, Marquette, Monroe, Ozaukee, Richland, Sauk, and Vernon.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Brock Long, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Steven W. Johnson as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas. 

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the State and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.  The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice. 

For more go to WKOW: https://wkow.com/news/breaking-news/2018/10/18/president-trump-approves-disaster-declaration-in-wisconsin-due-to-flooding-and-severe-storms/

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