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Friday, July 26, 2019

Weather Damage Update 

I wanted to provide a quick update regarding the state response to recent storms that passed through the district. Last Sunday the Governor issued Executive Order 35 which recognized the extreme weather beginning on July 18th which affected communities across the state. The Governor used his executive authority to issue a state of emergency and directed state agencies to assist with the response and recovery efforts. Of particular note he instructed Adjutant General Donald Dunbar to mobilize the Wisconsin National Guard to assist as necessary with the recovery.

 

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The Wisconsin National Guard has been conducting operations across the state and Wisconsin Emergency Management has been monitoring and coordinating with state agencies and local officials. According to Wisconsin Emergency Management as of yesterday power restoration and debris removal operations were still ongoing. They estimate that 8000 utility customers still remain without power.

 

Wisconsin National Guard members from the 132nd Brigade Support Battalion’s Company F in Mosinee have been deployed to assist with recovery efforts across the state. Below is an excerpt from a recent release by the Wisconsin National Guard:

 

“We got called at like 10 p.m. Sunday night,” said. Spc. Alison Stieber, a Soldier assigned to Company F, 132nd Brigade Support Battalion in Mosinee. “I didn’t hesitate saying yes at all. This is my third activation. Just knowing that doing different things and helping different parts of the state, it means a lot to us – and I know it means more to them – but for us to help them means a lot personally to me.”   

 

I am proud that men and women from Mosinee will be assisting with the state recovery. The dedication of those members serving in the Wisconsin National Guard is admirable as they’ve already demonstrated a willingness to answer the call of duty when required.

 

As power is restored and debris is removed from roadways efforts will shift toward quantifying public and private damages resulting from the extreme weather. At the moment current figures reflect an estimated $2.3 million of public sector damage has occurred. This number is expected to increase as counties report updated figures. Calculations of private sector damage is still ongoing. If you suffered as a result of the storm please be aware of the state’s 2-1-1 service. Damage can be reported by calling 2-1-1 or 877-947-2211. Additional disaster resources can also be found by calling the 2-1-1 service. If you’d prefer they also have an online submission form. The Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner recently released additional guidance. Most importantly individuals should contact their insurance agents regarding any damage in order to begin the claims process. It’s important to document the damage to the best of your ability.

 

A tornado was confirmed to have touched down in the town of Knowlton. The town has declared a local state of emergency.  I am glad that the Lieutenant Governor was able to visit Knowlton this past Tuesday and assess the extent of the damage in person. The state has mobilized to assist in the response and recovery and I am confident that Knowlton and our other communities will rebound from these recent weather events. Please reach out to me or my office if you have questions regarding the state’s response or potential resources that may be available to you.

 

If you suffered as a result of the storm please be aware of the state’s 2-1-1 service. Damage can be reported by calling 2-1-1 or 877-947-2211
 

 

Details of USDA relief for our farmers

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The USDA announced further details yesterday pertaining to federal disaster and trade-related assistance for our farmers. Affected covered commodities include non-specialty crops (including corn, soybeans, wheat and others), specialty crops (including cranberries, cultivated ginseng, and others), dairy and hogs. More details can be found at farmers.gov.

Child Care Resources

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Finding reliable childcare can be difficult. Here is a link to a resource compiled by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families that lists some childcare providers. 

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