Wisconsin Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding (DR-1768)

Incident period: June 5, 2008 to July 25, 2008
Major Disaster Declaration declared on June 14, 2008

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

August 16, 2008
News Release
Madison, Wis. -- The following is a summary of information released during the week of Aug. 9 through Aug. 15 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from the Wisconsin Joint Field Office for Disaster 1768, severe storms, tornadoes and flooding.
August 15, 2008
News Release
MADISON, Wis. -- Residents in flooded areas of Wisconsin should have their septic systems and wells checked for safety, federal and state disaster recovery officials advise. Floodwaters can cause septic tanks to fill and overflow, resulting in possible health risks and environmental problems. Private wells can become contaminated by bacteria and pollutants carried in flood waters.
August 9, 2008
News Release
MADISON, Wis. -- The following is a summary of information released Aug. 2 through Aug. 8 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from the Wisconsin Joint Field Office for Disaster 1768, severe storms, tornadoes and flooding. Quick Lines, No Waiting for FEMA Phone Help(Date of Release: Aug. 5, 2008)
August 9, 2008
News Release
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin residents who dispute their flood insurance settlement can appeal, said federal emergency management officials. A four-step process exists for policy holders to appeal decisions regarding a claim through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "The process helps resolve claim issues, but can't give added coverage or claim limits beyond those in their NFIP policies," said Dolph Diemont, FEMA federal coordinating officer for Wisconsin disaster recovery.
August 9, 2008
News Release
Madison, Wis. -- Before beginning any new construction or repairs of flood-damaged property, Wisconsin residents are urged to consult local building officials to obtain the necessary permits. "Floodplain development permits cannot be waived, and local governments cannot reduce or ignore the floodplain requirement," said Dolph Diemont, federal coordinating officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Diemont heads the U.S. Government portion of federal/state disaster recovery in Wisconsin.
August 7, 2008
News Release
Madison, Wis. -- Wisconsin disaster assistance now exceeds $67 million, state and federal emergency managers announced today. The monies include $44.8 million in grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for housing and other individual needs and $22.4 million in low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to homeowners, renters and business owners.

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