President Barack Obama has declared a federal disaster in 10
western Wisconsin counties hit by torrential rains in
Walker on Thursday announced the Federal Emergency
Management Agency declaration. The counties are Adams,
Chippewa, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse,
Monroe, Richland and Vernon.
statement, Walker calls the federal assistance "a
welcome relief" as local governments work to repair
roads and other damaged infrastructure.
requested the federal disaster declaration last week. He
also had requested the declaration cover Eau Claire and
Trempealeau counties, but those two counties did not sustain
enough damage to qualify.
assessments determined the storms caused more than $11
million in damage to roads and public infrastructure.
The aid is
not for private businesses or homeowners affected by the