Madison, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Governor Scott Walker has sent in a request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to conduct preliminary damage assessments for areas in Northern Wisconsin hit by the recent flooding.
The counties and tribal land that will be assessed include Ashland, Bayfield, and Douglas Counties as well as the tribal group, Red Cliff Bank of Lake Superior Chippewa.
FEMA teams will begin assessing flood damage on July 17th. The assessment is expected to take a couple of days to complete.
Governor Walker sent in this request for federal aid after touring Superior last week with local and state officials as well as those affected by the flooding.
"Communities throughout northwest Wisconsin were hit hard by damaging winds and flooding on June 19-20 and we are doing everything we can to help them," said Governor Walker. "I saw firsthand the damage that was done and the financial strain it is causing these local communities in their efforts to recover and rebuild."
Local and tribal officials have estimated $11 million in debris clearance, emergency protective measures and damage to roads and other public infrastructure. The University of Wisconsin-Superior had over $8.5 million in flood damage.
Information collected by FEMA officials will be shared with Governor Walker in order to determine whether or not the state will request a federal disaster declaration.
Posted to the web by Krista Burns