Walker seeks disaster declaration due to flooding

Governor makes request for Ashland, Bayfield and Douglas counties

Published On: Jul 26 2012 03:39:13 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 26 2012 05:55:43 PM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

Gov. Scott Walker is seeking a federal disaster declaration for three northwest Wisconsin counties due to damage from flooding last month.

Walker made the request Thursday for Ashland, Bayfield, and Douglas counties as well as the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

If approved, communities in the affected areas could qualify for a program that helps recover costs associated with fighting the floods, protecting residents and repairing damage.

Walker's office said no money would be available to homeowners or businesses because the damage incurred is not great enough to qualify.

Last week Walker's office said federal officials verified more than $8.6 million in damage to public infrastructure.