Gov. Jim Doyle announced Thursday afternoon that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has declared a state of disaster for Fond du Lac, Iowa and Marquette counties, bringing to 15 the number of Wisconsin counties where individual assistance is available.
Earlier this week, FEMA made federal assistance available to those living in Columbia, Crawford, Dodge, Green, Milwaukee, Racine, Richland, Sauk, Vernon, Washington, Waukesha, and Winnebago counties and is conducting damage assessments to allow declarations in other counties.
"FEMA is working hard to expand individual assistance to people across southern Wisconsin who have been hit hard by floods and severe weather," Governor Doyle said. "I thank them and all those who are working together to recover and rebuild. We are committed to getting people the help they need."
Doyle declared a state of emergency in 30 counties after severe weather this month brought record floods and other damage across southern Wisconsin. FEMA is in ongoing damage assessments in those counties to make disaster declarations.
FEMA's disaster declarations make federal money available for individual assistance, such as home repair and temporary housing costs. Those living in counties declared a state of disaster can apply for individual assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA or online at www.fema.gov.