Walker requests federal damage assessment for flood damage

3 Democrats consider challenging Walker in 2014

Gov. Scott Walker requested Tuesday the Federal Emergency Management Agency to conduct a preliminary damage assessment next week of public infrastructure damage caused by June flooding, according to a release.

The counties that will be assessed include Ashland, Crawford, Dane, Grant, Iowa, Richland, Sauk, St. Croix, and Vernon, according to the release.

Walker requested the assessment after touring the damage with Major Gen. Donald Dunbar, the adjutant general of the Wisconsin National Guard, Wisconsin Emergency Management Administrator Brian Satula, local officials, and flood victims, according to the release.

“Communities throughout Wisconsin were hit hard by flooding between June 21 and 27, and we are doing everything we can to help them,” Walker said in the release. “I saw firsthand the damage that was done in Grant and Crawford counties and the financial strain it is causing communities there and in other area of Wisconsin.”

Local and tribal officials have estimated in excess of $8 million in debris clearance, emergency protective measures, and damage to roads and other public infrastructure, according to the release.

FEMA teams will begin assessing damage the week of July 15 and it is expected to take a couple of days to complete, according to the release.

The information gathered will be provided to Walker to help determine if the state will request a federal disaster declaration, which is the first step to potentially requesting federal disaster assistance, according to the release.