Wisconsin community likely won't get federal funds after tornado

EAGLE, Wis. (AP) -- An Eagle official doubts whether the village will get federal relief for tornado damage, but it will likely get state funds.

Deputy Village Clerk Darlene Sterzinger says Eagle doesn't meet minimum requirements for the number of uninsured victims and public property damage.

According to preliminary reports, the June 21 tornado destroyed six Eagle houses, caused major damage to 16 others and hit about 100 houses total.

Federal funding would have covered some local government costs as well as offered relief to uninsured residents.

But Waukesha County spokeswoman Julianne Klimetz tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the current damage estimate of $20 million likely qualifies them for Wisconsin funds. It requires minimum damage of $6 million.

The state would help to pay for debris removal, road repair and protection of the area.

EAGLE, Wis. (AP) -- The tornado that hit a southeastern Wisconsin city caused at least $20 million in damage.

Waukesha County spokeswoman Julianne Klimetz says that figure is expected to rise because damage assessment is still being conducted. She expects it to be concluded within a week.

Lori Getter, a spokeswoman for Wisconsin Emergency Management, tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the state may seek federal disaster relief after the damage assessments are done.

A federal disaster declaration will allow governments to recover costs of response services and could assist residents who have no insurance and businesses.

Eagle's sirens failed to sound and officials are still trying to determine why the sirens failed.

Waukesha County officials have said at least 25 homes were destroyed. Gov. Jim Doyle has declared a state of emergency.

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  • by Connie Location: Greenwood, WI on Jul 12, 2010 at 05:31 PM
    Eagle should get federal aid, along with state aid. Where are all the people from other countries, we go and help them. But they can't come and help us in our time of need. What has happened to the people of this world?
  • by s Location: cadott on Jul 7, 2010 at 06:01 PM
    I just dont understand why the Federal Goverment can go over and help other countries and not their own. Ya people should of had insurance but nobody knows their circumtance. they could have lost their job. They should get some help from the Federal Gov.
  • by Z on Jul 1, 2010 at 04:50 PM
    Insurance, I have it so should they.
  • by Anonymous Location: Eau Claire on Jul 1, 2010 at 03:23 PM
    And yet people re-build their mansions just yards away from the ocean despite being washed away by hurricanes . . . and they get bailed out every time. If the federal government chooses to help out in situations like previously mentioned, then they need to level the playing field and help out in ALL natural disasters.
  • by Mom Location: Altoona on Jul 1, 2010 at 02:00 PM
    My only thought about this, is why is there not groups being formed to go and assist them. We as a state could chip in with removing debis and it would cost a lot less. How many of us went/wanted to go to Haiti?? Sign me up I will help.
  • by D Location: Wi on Jul 1, 2010 at 11:25 AM
    I'm my opinion this is a disaster it should not have to meet a requirement for federal aide. It will take a very long time to this community to rebuild with out all the aide they can get. they should get federal as well as state aide for rebuilding their community.
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