Wis. Counties Get Federal Funding for June Flooding

By KBJR News 1

August 15, 2013 Updated Aug 15, 2013 at 7:53 PM CDT

Morse, WI (NNCNOW.com) - State and FEMA representatives are helping townships in Northwestern Wisconsin put flood relief to good use after a number of counties suffered damage back in June.

The visit comes just days after President Obama signed off on Major Disaster funding for the State of Wisconsin.

Eight Wis. continues suffered significant damage in the June floods, Ashland County being one of them.

"The estimate for damage was totaled at roughly around $124,000," said Dorothy Tank, Ashland County Emergency Management Director.

Five towns in the county suffered the most damage, including Marengo.

"Culverts couldn't handle it so we had roads washing out. We had one road in the southern part of the township that did wash out, totally out," said Stephen Walston, Boar Chair for the Town of Marengo.

On Wednesday, representatives from the state of Wisconsin Emergency Management and FEMA traveled to Ashland county to talk with elected officials about how to get help with funding.

"We'll do kick off meetings where they physically meet with the FEMA people; show damages, discuss what happened to them and what it will take to put it back to pre–existing conditions, better than what was there, or work that was already done," said Robbie Stoikes, Public Assistance Officer for the State of Wis.

FEMA will cover 75 percent of the eligible costs incurred by the flooding this last June. Another 25 percent will be split between the state and the towns themselves.

In the town of Marengo, work is already underway on roads that were washed out in the floods of 2012, but coupled with this past June's flood more work is needed.

"We have done quite a bit of work to make things passable, but that was more of an emergency fix. Now we have to go back and once it's approved and do it right to make the roads better," said Walston.

They hope this year's round of funding will help make roads better and able to withstand future problems.

"We are hoping that with the FEMA reimbursement funds we will be able implement similar measures to repair this site to prevent it from becoming a big problem like this one did last year," said Tank.

State and FEMA representatives will be at the Bayfield Emergency Operations Center at 1:30 Thursday to talk with those county officials.

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