Sauk Co. Disaster Relief Fund surpasses $300K for flood victims

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BARABOO, Wis. (WMTV) -- The Sauk County Disaster Relief Fund -- a fund established to provide long-term recovery assistance for county residents affected by the August floods -- reached more than $300,000 Friday, according to the Greater Sauk Community Foundation.

A grant for $30,000, secured by Lutheran Social Services, brought the total gifts to $305,000, the foundation announced in a press release. Lutheran Disaster Response provided a grant of $312,496 for the people of Wisconsin affected by the storm damage, and Sauk County's share of the grant was $30,000. The fund was established in partnership with the Sauk County Office of Emergency Management.

Jeff Jelinek, director of the Sauk County Office of Emergency Management, said case managers are contacting individuals who applied for assistance. The money will benefit individuals, rather than businesses, based on financial need and with priority given to health and safety in applicants' homes.

The Foundation said the fund was established to "address long-term needs that remain unmet after assistance from FEMA and all other sources has been exhausted."

Sauk County residents who experienced flood damage can apply for assistance by calling the Sauk County Office of Emergency Management at 608-355-3200.

According to the press release, the Foundation is waiving all administrative fees for managing the fund, as well as donating staff time to coordinate the financial support, so 100 percent of all donations will directly benefit the flood victims. Gifts are tax-deductible and can be made online at www.greatersauk.org. Checks can be mailed to GSCF, PO Box 544, Baraboo, WI 53913.