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UPDATE: SBA offers help to Outagamie County storm victims

UPDATED Wednesday, August 21, 2013 --- 6:50 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker's office says the Small Business Administration has declared Appleton and surrounding Outagamie County a disaster area after storms earlier this month, making aid to residents available.

Residents in neighboring counties also can get aid.

Walker's office said Wednesday that homeowners will be able to get low-interest loans of up to $200,000 to repair or replace real estate and loans of up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property. Businesses and nonprofits can borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace real estate, machinery, equipment and other assets.

Renters also can get loans of up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property.

Walker sought help from the SBA after the Aug. 7 storm system didn't qualify for a Federal Emergency Management disaster declaration.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press
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UPDATED Wednesday, August 21, 2013 --- 1:08 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker is asking the Small Business Administration to help storm damage victims in Outagamie County.

The damage to homes and businesses from the Aug. 7 storm system didn't qualify for a Federal Emergency Management disaster declaration, so Walker is turning to the SBA for help. A declaration would allow individuals and businesses affected by the storms apply for low-interest loans.

The National Weather Service confirmed six tornadoes moved through the Fox Valley, causing more than $30 million in damage in Outagamie County alone.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday, August 21, 2013 --- 9:51 a.m.

From our news partner, WLUK in Green Bay:

MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker is hoping to get financial help to storm victims.

Walker has requested the U.S. Small Business Administration declare Outagamie County a disaster area due to storm damage in August.

Brown, Calumet, Shawano, Waupaca and Winnebago Counties could also be eligible for the assistance.

This would allow people and businesses affected by the storms to apply for low-interest loans.

The storms on August 7 spawned six tornadoes. Outagamie County officials estimate the storms did more than $30 million in damage.

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UPDATED Thursday, August 8, 2013 --- 11:37 a.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Outagamie County officials are asking for some help from the Wisconsin National Guard to clean up storm damage.

County executive Tom Nelson met Gov. Scott Walker at the Outagamie County Airport Thursday and joined him in touring the damage in New London.

Nelson asked the governor and Maj. General Donald Dunbar for personnel and equipment to help the hardest hit communities remove storm debris.

At least two tornadoes and destructive winds caused damage in Brown, Clark, Chippewa, Jackson, Outagamie, Marinette, Monroe, Waupaca, Winnebago, and Wood counties this week.

There was no immediate word from Walker.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday, August 7, 2013 --- 5:11 p.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- A thunderstorm that caused substantial damage in central and northeastern Wisconsin hit the Outagamie County area particularly hard.

The National Weather Service has dispatched a survey team to see if a tornado touched down near Wrightstown.

According to Wisconsin Emergency Management, an elderly couple had minor injuries at a campground in Fremont in Waupaca County near Outagamie County border.

We Energies reported damage to three of their substations, causing 48,000 customers to lose power in mostly in Outagamie County. We Energies spokeswoman Cathy Schulze says it could take several days before power is restored to everyone.

All surgeries were canceled at Appleton Medical Center for Wednesday because they are operating on generator power.

The county and Grand Chute have both declared a State of Emergency.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday, August 7, 2013 --- 4:49 p.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Downed trees and other debris are slowing down restoration of electricity to tens of thousands of people affected by the storm.

We Energies spokeswoman Cathy Schulze says about 53,000 customers were without power at one point Wednesday, mostly in Outagamie County, after three substations were damaged. The number was at about 48,000 Wednesday afternoon. She says it could take several days before power is restored to everyone.

Wisconsin Public Service spokesman Todd Steffen says about 18,000 customers mostly in Brown, Calumet and Manitowoc counties lost power around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, but by the afternoon it was down to about 6,300.

He expects most to be restored by day's end but some may not be restored until Thursday. He says more than 100 damaged poles need to be replaced.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday, August 7, 2013 --- 3:17 p.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- A thunderstorm that caused substantial damage in central and northeastern Wisconsin hit the Outagamie County area particularly hard.

he National Weather Service is dispatching a survey team Wednesday to see if a tornado touched down near Wrightstown.

According to Wisconsin Emergency Management, an elderly couple had minor injuries at a campground in Fremont in Waupaca County near Outagamie County border.

We Energies reported damage to three of their substations, causing 42,000 customers to lose power in Outagamie County. Officials anticipated it could take three days to restore power.

All surgeries were canceled at Appleton Medical Center for Wednesday because they are operating on generator power.

Grand Chute officials have declared a State of Emergency and several roads are closed due to downed lines in the county.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday, August 7, 2013 --- 1:36 p.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- A thunderstorm that caused damage in at least 11 counties in Wisconsin seems to have hit Outagamie County particularly hard.

The National Weather Service is dispatching a survey team Wednesday to see if a tornado touched down near Wrightstown.

According to Wisconsin Emergency Management, at least two people were reported injured at two campgrounds in the Fremont and Wrightstown area.

We Energies reported damage to three of their substations, causing 42,000 customers to lose power in the county. Officials anticipated it could take three days to restore power.

All surgeries were canceled at Appleton Medical Center for Wednesday because they are operating on generator power.

Grand Chute officials have declared a State of Emergency and several roads are closed due to downed lines in the county.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Wednesday, August 7, 2013 --- 8:45 a.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Tens of thousands of people in the Fox Valley are without electricity after strong storms ripped down power lines and toppled trees.

We Energies reports more than 50,000 customers are without service Wednesday morning in the Appleton area. About 17,000 northeastern Wisconsin customers of Wisconsin Public Service don't have service, including people in De Pere, Mishicot and Denmark.

All Outagamie County court cases and hearings have been postponed because the Justice Center doesn't have power. Wednesday's cases will be rescheduled. The Appleton Police Department also lost power and is operating with an emergency generator.

The storms caused heavy damage at Apple Creek Campground in the Wrightstown area. Several campers are damaged and downed trees blocked the entrance to the campground. There are no reports of serious injuries.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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