Of the eleven counties where the most recent presidential disaster declaration was issued in November, Lake County has been seeing some of the highest numbers of people registering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance.
FEMA Public Information Officer Nate Custer said that as of Tuesday, Lake County had a total of 418 registrations with FEMA out of the eleven county total of just more than 14-hundred. He said that the FEMA and state Disaster Recovery Center in Madison has had 289 visits since it opened on November 25th. While Custer said that some of those visits may have been return visits by the same people, it still shows how much the September flooding affected Lake County residents.
Custer said that the Disaster Recovery Centers in Madison and Sioux Falls will remain open until further notice. In Madison, the DRC is located in the former Cars for Les building on South Highland Avenue and is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.