Area Floods Cause Serious Damage – Assistance to Flood Victims Available

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September 27, 2010

(Alma, WI) “Recent floods in Arcadia and the surrounding region caused serious damage,” said State Senator Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma). “Our hearts go out to flood victims as they return to clean up debris and damaged homes.”
Flooding in the city of Arcadia last week forced an evacuation of 1,000 residents. An emergency shelter was set up and the National Guard and state agencies responded to local calls for assistance. Flood victims are now returning to their homes and many are faced with damages and substantial clean up. Damage was also sustained in surrounding counties including Clark, Buffalo, Jackson, Monroe, Pepin and Pierce.

“County UW Extension offices and Western Dairyland Community Action Agency can assist with household goods, blankets, clothing and coupons for thrift stores and food,” announced Senator Vinehout. “The Ecumenical Mission on Washington Street in Arcadia is accepting similar donations for those who want to help.”

“Keeping records of damage is important,” reminded Vinehout. “When you see a damaged area, the first thought is to ‘get to work’. But it’s important for insurance claims and state damage assessments to first take photos. Make a list of everything damaged and contact your insurance agent. Keep records of all the damage including damage not covered by insurance.”

Damage estimates should be reported to the county. Trempealeau and Jackson counties set up special 2-1-1 numbers for reporting damages. Officials will be collecting damage estimates to public structures like roads and bridges as well as to private property including indoor and outdoor damage and damage to crops. The damage estimates will be totaled and sent to state and federal agencies.

“Wisconsin has seen more than its share of damage from storms this summer. Local budget already stretched thin are now at the breaking point,” said Vinehout. “I will be working to explore all possibilities for funding assistance for our local communities. People can help this effort by making sure all damage estimates are reported to the county.”

 For more information contact:  Linda Kleinschmidt 608-266-8546

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