Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) issued the following statement in reaction to the Obama Administration's major disaster declaration for the State of Wisconsin, triggering the release of federal funds to help communities recover from the flooding and mudslides that occurred between June 20-28 this summer:
"Along with the families and communities who will benefit from this disaster relief, I commend President Obama and his administration for making this declaration which will send much-needed resources here to the areas hit hard by recent floods and mudslides.
"Many of the counties that will benefit from this declaration are located in Wisconsin's Third Congressional District. With the help of these federal resources, communities here in our area and across the state will have the extra help they need to as they rebound from this summer's record rainfall.
"My office and I have stayed in close touch with both local officials and residents whose homes, businesses and neighborhoods were damaged, and they have proven themselves to be resilient, diligent, and committed to helping one another. Progress is already being made, but I'm sure that they'll appreciate knowing that the federal government has their back as they continue to rebuild."
Rep. Kind and a bipartisan group of Wisconsin colleagues sent a letter to President Obama earlier this week in support of Governor Walker's request for a federal emergency declaration.The western Wisconsin counties of Crawford, Grant, Richland and Vernon all suffered serious damage.