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Gov. Walker declares State of Emergency in 7 flooded counties

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MADISON, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Governor Scott Walker has declared a State of Emergency for seven Wisconsin counties affected by recent heavy rains and storms.

The Governor's office made the announcement Wednesday afternoon for Vernon, Crawford, Grant, Iowa, Richland, St. Croix, and Ashland counties.

Walker toured the Boscobel area to view some of the damage early Wednesday afternoon.

In making the declaration, Walker is getting state agencies to aid in recovery efforts. Here is a list of some of the efforts coming from the state:

  • The Department of Administration will work with communities to make emergency assistance funds available to eligible homeowners for rehabilitation.  Funds for qualifying businesses will also be made available as well as funds to repair public infrastructure, where eligible.  Local communities should work with the Division of Housing to apply.
  • The Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection will connect affected farmers with crop damage and livestock shelter needs for assistance and counseling through its Farm Center and Animal Health Division.  The connection can be made by dialing 800-942-2474.  More information can be found using this link.
  • The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will provide assistance for residents and local governments concerned about well contamination.  Also, the DNR will monitor dams in the affected areas, as well as make available for eligible communities assistance for flood mitigation.  The DNR will also open up public lands for farmers with fields impacted by flooding to mow hay for livestock.  For more information on flooding residents can use this link.
  • The Office of Commissioner of Insurance will make available assistance for property owners filing claims, who have been impacted by the flooding.  Homeowners can contact the OCI helpline for assistance with their homeowner insurance coverage.  They can visit www.OCI.wi.gov or call 1-800-236-8517.
  • The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority will provide access to emergency funding for local assistance organizations giving assistance to affected residents.  For homeowners with WHEDA home loans, they will work with homeowners to accommodate them in this time of need.  For more information, homeowners can contact WHEDA at 800-562-5546.
  • The Department of Transportation will work with local communities to make funds available for infrastructure repair.  The Wisconsin State Patrol will also work to manage road traffic and closures in the affected areas.  Staff are inspecting and documenting the impacts and damages to existing infrastructure, including the deployment of soil engineers to survey mud slides.
  • The Department of Health Services has been and will continue to be in contact with local health departments to provide assistance.  They will be working with DNR to monitor water quality concerns and will continue to work with other state and local partners to provide public health assistance.  For more information on flooding from DHS, residents can use this link.
  • The Department of Corrections was assisting in Crawford County with two strike teams from Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution to assist with the flood in Gays Mills and Prairie du Chien.  They helped with sandbagging and debris clean-up.  County emergency managers can contact correctional institutions to request additional assistance. 

The National Weather Service reports that a number of communities received heavy rains from the storms that occured between June 20-25.  Their numbers show that the Boscobel area had 13.09 inches of rain during that period.  Other communities have had the following amounts:

  • Prairie du Chien 9.68
  • Soldiers Grove 8.44
  • Genoa Dam 8 8.40
  • Lynxville Dam 9 8.23
  • Gays Mills 7.74
  • Readstown 6.88
  • La Farge 6.26

On Tuesday, preliminary damage estimates were $5 million alone for Grant County.  

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