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Adams County residents begging for Evers to declare a state of emergency

BIG FLATS Wis. (WAOW) — Homeowners in Big Flats are begging Adams County officials to declare a disaster.

Residents in Big Flats have been dealing with consistent flooding for years, now they’re hoping the county declares a disaster so Governor Evers can make it a state of emergency. That way FEMA may eventually step in to help.

“The last time it rained like this I was ready to pack up and go I just can’t live like this, I can’t,” said Phyllis DeValk of Big Flats.

One couple from Big Flats says at this point there isn’t much more they can do besides ask for help. After the DeValks spent over $27,000 and used different types of equipment to do as much as they can to try and save their home, they feel like giving up.

“We’ve got four pumps in the basement, we’ve got two pumps outside, a total of six pumps, we’ve got fans, three big fans and we’ve got two dehumidifiers going in the basement for the mold ” David DeValk of Big Flats.

And when the DeValk’s were building their dream retirement home, they had no idea they would have to face so many issues.

“If I knew we would have water problems I would’ve never built this home here,” said David DeValk.

The basement that they once were looking forward to finishing, now missing all its insulation.

Needless to say, they are devastated by everything they have lost due to the flooding. Phyllis even said,” what really hurts me the most is I lost pictures of my kids from when they were little.”

And now they’re simply just asking for help.

News 9 did reach out to both Governor Evers office and Adams County Emergency Management but did not hear back. Stay with News 9 for updates.


Amanda Lojewski

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