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									                                            Rock County
                                  Emergency Management

Telephone: (608) 758 8440                 Shirley A. Connors                      P. O. Box 351
Fax:       (608) 758 8401                      Coordinator                       3530 N. County Hwy F
E-mail: connors@co.rock.wi.us                                                  Janesville, WI 53547-0351


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 8/23/07

            Possible Federal Preliminary Damage Assessments for Rock County

                            Residents asked to Report Flood Damage

Wisconsin Emergency Management is requesting Rock County gather information to determine
whether the recent flash flood events warrant a Preliminary Damage Assessment by FEMA inspectors.
FEMA will conduct assessments in Crawford, Richland, Vernon, Sauk and La Crosse Counties due to
significant flood damage in that region. Depending on reports gathered from other southern Wisconsin
counties, including Rock County, the Governor may request the FEMA teams extend visits to those
counties next week.

Significant flash flooding occurred in parts of Rock County during the period of August 18-20. Reports
of in excess of 6 inches of rain fell in northern Rock County over that weekend. Rock County
Emergency Management has contacted local municipalities to request their assistance in gather flood
damage reports from private homeowners and businesses. The Cities of Evansville, Edgerton,
Janesville and Milton as well as the Villages of Clinton, Footville and Orfordville have agreed to assist
with gathering information from local residents and businesses. Residents of the rural towns in Rock
County should contact Rock County Emergency Management at 758-8440.

It is very important that homeowners, renters or businesses that incurred damage as a result of the heavy
rainfall that began Saturday, August 18th report damages. Forms to report damage can be obtained
through the local municipality or the Rock County Website at WWW.co.rock.wi.us . Completed
forms should be returned to the local municipality by Monday morning. Information submitted will be
compiled in a summary report and sent to the State of Wisconsin. Individual assistance in the form of
either grants or loans for private residents and business may be available according to Wisconsin
Emergency Management depending on the extent of damages.

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