MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin homeowners in disaster-declared counties may be eligible for disaster aid to help repair flood-damaged wells and septic systems, state and federal officials said.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants can help pay to pump septic tanks, perform required repairs or replace the system as needed. Damaged private wells that are the sole source of water for the home also may be repaired or decontaminated.
"We don't want anyone living in a house with contaminated water or raw sewage," said Federal Coordinating Officer Dolph Diemont. "Applicants for state and federal disaster assistance should tell the FEMA inspector they have a private well and septic system."
Home-repair grants are designed to restore the home to a safe, secure and functional condition. To qualify for this disaster assistance, the applicant-owned home must be a primary residence. Grants are not intended to restore a home to pre-disaster condition and cannot be used for cosmetic repairs or repairs covered by insurance.
Any Wisconsin resident in a declared county, who suffered damage or losses from the recent storms and flooding, can register for disaster assistance by calling the FEMA toll-free registration number, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The number for people with hearing or speech impairment is (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Individuals also may register for disaster assistance at the FEMA Web site www.fema.gov.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.