$1 million in new flood relief assistance announced for counties impacted by severe flooding

Wisconsin State Farmer
A grain semi trailer lies tipped over amongst a pile of debris Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at W12072 Hemp Road near Waupun, Wisconsin.

Wisconsin counties impacted by recent heavy rains and flooding across the state will receive $18 million in new flood relief, according to an announcement by Governor Scott Walker and the Public Service Commission (PSC). 

The 18 counties being assessed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) include Adams, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Iron, Jefferson, Juneau, La Crosse, Marquette, Monroe, Ozaukee, Richland, Sauk, Vernon, and Washington.

“This summer’s severe rainfall and flooding affected people in local communities across the state,” said Walker. “This additional funding will help families and small businesses get back on their feet as they begin to recover from flooding.”

The expensive nature of appliances that consume large amounts of energy, coupled with the unexpected economic hardship of rebuilding after a flood, can prevent citizens from purchasing the most optimal replacements after tragedies like this occur. Flooded homeowners and businesses may not have the financial assets to purchase the most reliable, long-term solutions. In response to this, Wisconsin, in conjunction with Focus on Energy, will begin offering rural homes and businesses financial incentives to offset the elevated cost of energy efficient products, a news release stated.

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“I’m happy to see this initiative move forward,” said PSC Chairman Lon Roberts. “Floods can devastate families and businesses. We must do all we can to jump start the rebuilding process across the state.”

The new offerings within Focus on Energy’s portfolio include Community Small Business Offerings, which will provide additional door-to-door energy assessments and additional energy saving kits for those impacted by the flood. Focus on Energy plans to expand the Home Performance Heating and Cooling Programs to ensure families stay warm as we move into cooler months.

Also included in the incentives are additional Appliance and Lighting Retail Programs to better incentivize long term energy solutions to homeowners and businesses.

Customers in the targeted counties are encouraged to contact Focus on Energy with questions related to the new program or the Public Service Commission at (608) 266-5481 or Toll Free at (888) 816-3831.