Officials taking steps to get federal aid after statewide State of Emergency declared

MADISON (WKOW) — U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) and U.S. Representative Ron Kind (D-Wisconsin) sent a letter to the Trump Administration asking for support from the federal government to help with cleanup and recovery efforts from historic flooding in Wisconsin.

Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) has taken care of the first step by announcing a statewide State of Emergency and making a disaster declaration last week. Before President Donald Trump considers approving any federal funding, assessments are still needed to tally the damage around the state.

Local officials are still looking at private and public sector flood damage which needs to meet a certain dollar amount threshold.

Baldwin said the amount can be flexible and it’s only one category at which officials are looking. Another factor is dependent on who is insured and who is not.
“There are a number of programs beyond FEMA that become available to small business, private owners, landowners and farmers for that matter,” said Baldwin.

Many residents did not get flood insurance because they don’t live on a floodplain. Baldwin said there are other ways to get help which will be released after officials determine damage costs.

The senator also said she was told FEMA officials are in western Wisconsin to address the magnitude of the flood aftermath.

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