Gov. Walker Requests Federal Disaster Declaration for Parts of NW Wisconsin

By KBJR News 1

July 26, 2012 Updated Jul 26, 2012 at 9:59 PM CDT

Madison, WI (Northland’s NewsCenter) – Governor Scott Walker requested a federal disaster declaration for three northwest Wisconsin counties that were hit by June’s flooding.

The request is for federal assistance to help local governments recover from the disaster.

Governor Walker requested federal disaster assistance for Ashland, Bayfield and Douglas Counties as well as the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

The Public Assistance Program would help communities recover from some of the costs sustained through the floods, protecting citizens and repairing infrastructure.

The program would not be for businesses or homeowners, as the level of damages in these areas does not meet requirements for federal relief.

“Last month’s flash flooding damaged hundreds of roads and culverts, as well as the UW-Superior campus,” said Governor Walker. “The financial impact is a huge burden on many of these towns and villages.”

Last week, officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, WI Department of Transportation and WI Emergency Management conducted damage assessments with local officials in the impacted communities.

The officials verified more than $8.6 million in damage to the public infrastructure.

If the federal declaration is approves, FEMA provides 75% of eligible costs.