MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is requesting a federal assessment of damage from last week’s heavy rains to determine whether the state will request federal disaster assistance.
The storm and flooding caused an estimated $30 million in damage in northwestern Wisconsin. State emergency management officials said in a news release Saturday that the storms caused nearly $1.8 million in damage to homes and businesses and $28.8 million to roads, bridges and trails.
Walker is requesting a preliminary damage assessment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help determine if the state will request a federal disaster declaration. The assessment is the first step to request federal disaster assistance.
Ashland, Bayfield and Iron counties and Bad River tribal lands are among the hardest hit.