Walker request damage assessment from FEMA

 Gov. Scott Walker has requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency conduct a Preliminary Damage Assessment in Wisconsin.

This is the first step in requesting a federal disaster declaration, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

“Many Wisconsin families are hurting following the devastating flooding and tornado outbreak that has impacted our state in the last three weeks,” Walker said. “We want to get federal disaster relief as quickly as possible to help these families and communities recover.”

Teams from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration will coordinate with state and local emergency management officials beginning the week of Sept. 24 to view major damage to homes and businesses as well as public infrastructure such as roads, dams and bridges, according to the news release.

The damage assessment will take approximately a week to complete. Once the damage assessment is completed, information gathered will be given to Governor Walker to use in his request to President Trump for a federal disaster declaration.

The state continues working with local officials to determine which counties FEMA will assess damage.  Some counties are still waiting for rivers to drop below flood stage to view damage. Currently, major flooding is still occurring on the Rock River at Lake Koshkonong.

The National Weather Service says it has crested but won’t be below major flood state until Friday or Saturday because it is a huge body of water and is slowly receding.  Both the Fox and Rock Rivers will remain above flood stage through the end of next week.

For more go to WKOW:  https://wkow.com/news/flood-2018/2018/09/13/walker-fema-assessment/

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