FEMA Tours Ashland County to Assess Flood Damage

By KBJR News 1

July 17, 2013 Updated Jul 17, 2013 at 9:37 AM CDT

Ashland County, WI (NNCNOW.com) - FEMA representatives toured areas in Ashland County Tuesday to assess damages from flooding last month.

Heavy rains rolled through Wisconsin in late June causing extensive flood damage.

Ashland County is just one of eight counties in Wisconsin applying for federal emergency funds from FEMA.

Wisconsin Emergency Management and Department of Transportation workers led FEMA officials on a tour of public infrastructure sites that saw significant damage.

"In many cases, temporary repairs were done and it's taken quite a toll on the jurisdiction and so permanent repairs are still in the works," said Ashland County Emergency Management Director, Dorothy Tank.

Altogether Ashland County is estimating the cost of total repairs to be around $120,000. After a full report of damages was taken and submitted, FEMA damage assessment responded in just three days, however, a decision on funds will take a bit longer.

"It will take FEMA some time, approximately four to six weeks to make a decision. They'll compile all of their data before a decision is made whether or not we will be eligible for federal dollars," said Tank.

Information gathered will be provided to Governor Scott Walker to help determine if the state will request a federal disaster declaration, which is the first step to requesting federal disaster assistance.

"We try and be as rapidly as possible on this. Again, FEMA does not select any of the sites. We follow the directions of all the local authorities," said FEMA Public Information Officer Bill Lindsey.

Other counties involved in the damage assessment are mostly located in Southwest Wisconsin. Officials have estimated an excess of $8 million in debris clearance, emergency protective measures, and damage to roads and other public infrastructure which will all be taken into consideration by FEMA.

Written for the web by Bryce Henry.