U.S. Rep. Kind, Entire Wisconsin Delegation Call on President Bush to Act Quickly on Federal Assistance for Remaining Counties
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), joined by the entire Wisconsin delegation, today sent a letter to President Bush urging him to act quickly to approve federal assistance for the remaining Wisconsin counties affected by the recent flooding. Thirty Wisconsin counties were declared in a state of emergency by Governor Doyle on June 8, seven of which - Crawford, Columbia, Milwaukee, Sauk, Racine, Richland, and Vernon - have been made eligible for federal individual assistance. In anticipation of further requests by the Governor for many of the remaining 23 counties, the delegation reiterated to President Bush the severity of the situation and the immediate need for federal assistance to help families, farmers, and businesses rebuild.
"Over the past few days I have seen people across western Wisconsin wondering how in the world they're going to pick up the pieces again after two disastrous floods in less than a year," Rep. Kind said. "Rebuilding our communities is beyond what any individual, state or local government can do - federal assistance is imperative. As the counties are able to assess the damage, we encourage President Bush to make these funds available to help get people back to some semblance of normalcy as soon as possible."
The letter outlines the concerns of the delegation that the homes and dams which were not fully repaired from the severe flooding in August 2007 will suffer even further damage, as well as the fact that many of the communities hardest-hit are rural and operate on small budgets not equipped for this type of disaster.
"Due to the seriousness of the financial and physical damage, we encourage your quick approval for any of Wisconsin's additional requests for assistance related to this month's severe storms and flooding," the delegation wrote.