Walker gets view of flooding from above, will ask for state, federal, local aid to help victims

Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday he is asking for state, federal and local aid to help the victims of Monday’s historic flooding in Dane County.

Walker surveyed the flooded areas from the air on Wednesday and said he hopes to inspect flooding in Dane County from the ground soon.

Torrential storms dumped more than 11 inches of rain on the county Monday overnight into Tuesday, causing widespread flooding and power outages.

James A. Sewell, 70, died after rushing floodwaters swept his car into a drainage ditch in Madison.

Walker offered condolences to the Sewell’s family during a news conference Wednesday afternoon. He also said he plans to visit a number of flooded communities on Thursday.

He warned of the potential of more rain and rising water. Forecasts call for a 70 percent chance of rain in Madison on Friday.