Madison, WI ( --- Governor Scott Walker is requesting FEMA to conduct damage assessments following flooding last month for 9 counties in Wisconsin, including Ashland County. The Governor took this action after touring the damaged with Major General Donald Dunbar, the Adjutant General of the Wisconsin National Guard, Wisconsin Emergency Management Administrator Brian Satula, local officials, and flood victims. "Communities throughout Wisconsin were hit hard by flooding between June 21-27, and we are doing everything we can to help them," says Governor Walker. "I saw firsthand the damage that was done in Grant and Crawford counties and the financial strain it is causing communities there and in other areas of Wisconsin." Local and tribal officials have estimated in excess of $8 million in debris clearance, emergency protective measures, and damage to roads and other public infrastructure. FEMA teams will begin assessing damage the week of July 15, 2013. The assessment is expected to take a couple of days to complete. Information gathered will be provided to Governor Walker to help determine if the state will request a federal disaster declaration. It is the first step to potentially request federal disaster assistance. Posted to the web by Krista Burns