Wisconsin Flooding (DR-1369)

Incident period: April 10, 2001 to July 6, 2001
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 11, 2001

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

May 23, 2001
News Release
West Salem, WI -- The FEMA teleregistration line, Helpline, and the TTY line for those with hearing and speech impairment will be closed on Sunday and Monday for the Memorial Day holiday, emergency officials announced. FEMA created the toll-free registration line and Helpline for victims of the recent flooding to apply for federal and state assistance. The lines are currently open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., through Saturday. After the holiday, they will again operate Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and then Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice.
May 22, 2001
News Release
La Crosse, WI -- Emergency officials will open disaster-recovery centers in La Crosse and Grant counties to serve victims of the recent flood, officials announced today. Centers are scheduled to open later in other counties. Representatives of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Wisconsin Emergency Management and other state and federal agencies will man the centers, said Tom Davies, of FEMA. The agency representatives will answer questions about available disaster assistance.
May 22, 2001
News Release
West Salem, WI -- Floodwaters can contaminate drinking water, food and even dwellings. Emergency officials urge residents to be aware of risks that remain after the water has receded. Below are tips from Wisconsin Emergency Management.
May 19, 2001
News Release
La Crosse, WI -- Every homeowner knows good record keeping is important. The same applies when it comes to repairs after floods, especially when those repairs are paid for with disaster loans or grants. "Be careful to document what you've paid out and keep all receipts," Tom Davies said today. Davies heads the federal side of the Wisconsin disaster recovery effort in his role as federal coordinating officer. "People need to use these funds for disaster--caused necessary expenses and serious needs," Davies added.
May 18, 2001
News Release
La Crosse, WI --- The flood waters are gone. You registered with the Red Cross, notified local officials of your damage and even reported to the county emergency manager. You're all set, right? Maybe not say, say state and federal disaster officials. "The Red Cross and other volunteer and local agencies do fine work, but they can't register disaster victims for federal assistance," said Al Shanks, of Wisconsin Emergency Management, who heads the state side of the recovery effort.
May 14, 2001
News Release
La Crosse, WI -- Community relations teams consisting of members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Wisconsin Emergency Management are meeting with local officials and residents of flood damaged areas to explain the federal disaster assistance programs.

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Photo of Tom Davies, Lewis Taylor and Gloria E. Benjamin.

Hertel, WI, July 17, 2001 -- FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Tom Davies (right) presents certificate of appreciation to the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin for outstanding emergency response and recovery efforts following the F3 tornado that hit northwestern Wisconsin on June 18, 2001. Accepting the certificate at the St. Croix Tribal Center are Lewis Taylor, St. Croix Tribal Representative, and Gloria E. Benjamin, St. Croix Council Member-elect.

Photo by Dana Trytten/ FEMA News Photo

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