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Falk Requests Disaster Declaration

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Topf Wells, 266-9069

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 6/25/2004

Issued By: County Executive
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FALK REQUESTS DISASTER DECLARATION


Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk today (6/25/04) requested that Governor Jim Doyle seek a federal disaster declaration for Dane County in the wake of Wednesday’s tornado. In the letter, Falk notes that the preliminary damage report is already close to $1 million and will increase as residents continue clean-up and repairs and as municipal workers deal with the consequences of the storm.


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Attached is the copy of the County Executive’s letter to the Governor and a preliminary summary of damage.

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June 25, 2004 James Doyle, Governor 115 East, Capitol Madison, Wisconsin 53703 Dear Governor Doyle: I respectfully ask that you add Dane County to the list of Wisconsin counties for which you request federal disaster assistance following Wednesday’s (6/23/04) tornadoes. Dane County’s Department of Emergency Management reports that in the city and town of Madison, where the tornado hit hardest, earliest damage reports total $951,000. Of this amount, $631,000 is estimated property damage and $320,000 is the clean up costs incurred by local governments (attached is a fuller statement of the estimate). These figures will climb much higher. Recovery efforts are just beginning. Residents and local governments are still ascertaining the damage caused by the tornado. We will forward additional information as soon as it becomes available. In light of the tornado’s touchdown in densely populated urban areas, we were extremely fortunate to escape serious injury and death. Nevertheless, the residents and business people of this area have suffered considerable damage and are experiencing hardship and financial loss. While some of the costs of repair and clean-up will be covered by insurance, much will not. You, of course, know how difficult municipal budgets have become. In such times, the costs of many hours of unforeseeable overtime are a tremendous financial burden for both the City and Town. In the face of such an unavoidable and extraordinary disaster, our citizens and local governments need and deserve governmental assistance. Please contact me for any additional information you need with regard to this request. Thank you for your consideration of it. Sincerely, Kathleen Falk Dane County Executive June 23, 2004 Tornado Fact Sheet · 5:07 pm - National Weather Service issues a Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect to 11:07 p.m. · Approximately 7:30 pm - severe storm spotter representatives in Dane County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) per plan. · 8:06 pm - NWS issues a Tornado Warning for Dane County based on Doppler radar. Dane County Warning system including outdoor sirens activated. County EOC activation initiated. · Approximately 8:35 p.m. – a tornado started about 3 miles SW of Middleton moved ESE through southern Madison just N of the S Beltline and ended about 8:44 p.m. at a point about 2.5 miles S of the Capitol Square. Estimated winds 90 – 100 mph. Dane County Warning System including outdoor sirens again activated. Municipal emergency responders start to assess and respond to emergency needs, including: o Gas leaks in Midvale Plaza area, wires down, poles snapped, power outage affecting up to 2000. o Trees and other debris blocking roads throughout affected area. o Up to 200 homes damaged in Madison. o 8 – 10 residents of a Town of Madison apartment displaced by tree on the roof; Red Cross assisting. o The Salvation Army providing canteen services to responders and victims. · Approximately 9:00 p.m. – Dane County EOC fully activated by 4 Dane County Emergency Management (DCEM) professional staff and representatives from Dane County Fire Chiefs, Dane County EMS, Red Cross, Salvation Army, MG&E, and Dane County Public Safety Communications. All Dane County Fire Districts asked to survey their areas for storm damage. · Approximately 1:00 a.m., after basic emergency needs addressed, Dane County EOC closed for the evening. Since Thursday, June 24, primary activities include debris removal, road clearance, power restoration, damage assessment. Municipalities have assessed damage and provided reports to DCEM. DCEM has compiled information and forwarded to the State a county Uniform Disaster Situation Report. · The Red Cross continues to assist displaced residents. · Madison Gas and Electric continues work to restore power to approximately 600 households that are without power. MG&E is distributing dry ice to those affected residents. · The County has received numerous offers of volunteers and emergency supplies to assist those in need. Residents in need of assistance can call 211 - First Call for Help for assistance. · Dane County’s Department of Emergency Management reports that in the City and Town of Madison, where the tornado hit hardest, earliest damage reports total $951,000. Of this amount, $631,000 is estimated property damage and $320,000 is the clean up costs incurred by local governments. These figures will climb much higher. Recovery efforts are just beginning. Residents and local governments are still ascertaining the damage caused by the tornado.
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