Disaster Recovery and Safety

August 31, 2007
J. McLellan 267-2542 mclellan@co.dane.wi.us
Emergency Management

PRESS RELEASE 8/31/07 Issuing Department: Emergency Management For more information contact: J. McLellan, Dept. of Emergency Management 608/267-2542 Recovery & Safety Reference #083107-#1 Available at: www.co.dane.wi.us Disaster Recovery and Safety As of 1:00 pm this afternoon, flood damage ESTIMATES in Dane County are: Private Sector $3,506,069 (837 residences, 9 businesses) Public Sector $1,671,253 Total $5,177,322 These numbers are estimates. They can be expected to fluctuate as other areas of damage are discovered and reported to Dane County Emergency Management. The damage assessment information collected by Dane County Emergency Management is submitted daily to Wisconsin Emergency Management. Any persons who have sustained flood damage since August 18, 2007 should continue to report their damage to their local unit of government. Dane County damage assessment information along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Preliminary Damage Assessment reports (both private [August 28] and public [August 30]) are used by the governor to request a federal declaration of disaster. The federal declaration of disaster can approve federal assistance to either the private sector, the public sector, or both. Any questions relating to FEMA damage assessments can be addressed by FEMA Public Information Officer Doug Ward at either 608 / 242-3325 or 337 / 281-4358. Agricultural and livestock producers in Dane County should report flood related damages to Dane County’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) Office at 224-3767. Agricultural producers should report damage now to ensure they are eligible for current and future assistance. Damages should be reported before repairs are started! Dane County agricultural producers who suffered damages are currently eligible for low interest loans through the Farm Service Agency. A “Slow, No Wake Order” is in effect for the entire Yahara River Chain of Lakes, Mendota, Monona, Waubesa and Kegonsa until further notice. Lake levels are being assessed daily. Persons should use caution when venturing to area beaches this weekend. Debris can appear distorted or hidden by sand and water. Information about City of Madison beaches can be found on the internet at http://www.cityofmadison.com/beaches/. Governor Nelson State Park beach conditions can be found by calling (608) 831-3005. ###