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FEMA begins western Wisconsin assessment after flooding

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has sent teams to western Wisconsin to assess damage caused by flooding last month that killed two people.

The La Crosse Tribune reports that the FEMA teams dispatched to the 12 affected counties of western Wisconsin on Wednesday will assess damage to roads, bridges and other public infrastructure.

Their work will help Gov. Scott Walker determine whether to seek a federal disaster declaration, which is the first step in requesting federal assistance.

The preliminary damage assessments of $14 million in public infrastructure and $7.2 million private infrastructure don’t meet federal disaster thresholds.

The state’s eight House representatives and two senators sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Tuesday asking him to promptly approve any requests he might receive from Walker.

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