SUPERIOR, Wis. — County officials in northern Wisconsin are hoping the Federal Emergency Management Agency will validate their estimates of about $11 million in damages caused by last month's flooding.
Emergency managers from Douglas, Bayfield, Burnett, Ashland and Iron counties documented flood damage in a briefing with FEMA officials on Monday, Wisconsin Public Radio reported.
The federal process for conducting preliminary damage assessments will take place this week, according to Wisconsin Emergency Management officials.
"Only those damages that occurred during the incident period or caused by the event are eligible for this (preliminary damage assessment)," said Eric Learn, Wisconsin Emergency Management's state public assistance officer.
The damages that took place between Saturday, June 16, and Tuesday, June 1, will be included in the agency's assessments. Three FEMA teams will tour damage in the areas hit hardest by floods, including Douglas and Bayfield counties.
"We don't have to see every washed out culvert and damaged road if we have very detailed records of what kind of damages have occurred there," said FEMA spokesman Troy Christensen.
Counties and the state received an extension Monday to request a federal disaster declaration, according to Wisconsin Emergency Management. They had 30 days to file a federal disaster declaration prior to the extension, said Brian Satula, administrator of Wisconsin Emergency Management.
The counties' damage estimates will be verified, said Christensen. The information will be sent to the state by the end of the week and Gov. Scott Walker will determine whether to request a federal disaster declaration.