OUTAGAMIE COUNTY (WBAY) — Teams with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are now in Wisconsin to see if the state could get federal help for severe storm cleanup.
FEMA officials are reviewing damage estimates compiled by municipalities that were hit by the storms that swept through July 18-20.
Those totals will be passed along to Wisconsin Emergency Management, then to Governor Tony Evers. The governor will then decide if he wants to apply for a federal disaster declaration.
“For the state of Wisconsin the threshold is about $8.5 million, so out of all the counties and tribal areas, we are looking at approximately that amount of damage, but it’s about overall impact to communities in the state,” FEMA’s Troy Christensen told WBAY-TV.
If the president were to approve a disaster declaration, cities and counties would be reimbursed for what they’ve spent on cleanup.
FEMA teams will visit 18 counties and two tribes. They hope to finish their work by the end of the week.