Vernon County declares disaster in response to flooding

VIROQUA (WKBT) — Vernon County has declared the flooding a disaster, joining La Crosse County in signing a disaster declaration after heavy rain hit the area over the weekend.

“Vernon County has experienced yet another flood event that started with torrential rainfall on Saturday August 7th which impacted numerous roads, bridges, and properties,” said Vernon County Emergency Management Director Brandon Larson. “Road crews quickly went to work barricading roads that had been impacted and fire departments rescued a few stranded citizens.”

The emergency declaration gives more options for municipalities to recover and get reimbursement for repairs to public infrastructure. Emergency Management staff are working closely with municipalities to document and submit damage cost estimates.

Property owners who may have incurred damages are encouraged to report these to their insurance company or call Vernon County Emergency Management’s Damage Assessment line at 608-637-5294. Owners may also submit a form on the Emergency Management tab on the Vernon County website here.

Farmers who have experienced flood damage, crop loss, or livestock loss should contact the Farm Service Agency at 608-637-2183 ext 2.