Governor Walker Asks for More Flood Damage Assessments in Northern Wisconsin

By KBJR News 1

Wisconsin's Republican Governor Scott Walker giving his State of the State address.

July 18, 2012 Updated Jul 18, 2012 at 11:29 AM CDT

Madison, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Governor Scott Walker is asking for more flood damage assessments for Northern Wisconsin so individuals and small businesses can hopefully get federal aid after June's flooding washed away millions of dollars in damage.

Governor Walker has requested the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to view flood damage and met with local and state officials in Douglas County to survey the damage.

The information gathered could be used to request the SBA provide federal low-interest loans to individuals and employers that suffered damage during last month's flooding.

"I want to make sure we are able to provide disaster assistance to help flood victims recover from this devastating flood," said Governor Walker. "We need to do this quickly to help the businesses get back to work and homeowners get back to their lives."

The SBA assessment of damaged homes and businesses will begin next week. Under an SBA declaration, SBA offers home and personal property loans, business physical disaster loans, and economic injury disaster loans.

Meanwhile, disaster assessment teams with FEMA are assessing damages to roads, bridges and other public infrastructure as a result of the June floods.

Officials are assessing flood damage in Ashland, Bayfield, Douglas Counties and the tribal group, Red Cliff Bank of Lake Superior Chippewa.

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