President Trump approves Federal Disaster Declaration for Wisconsin

Wisconsin State Farmer
In this Aug. 28, 2018, floodwaters cover a large area in Vernon County between Chaseburg and Coon Valley, Wis.

MADISON – Individuals, families and businesses in a number of Wisconsin counties will be able to apply for federal disaster assistance following a federal disaster declaration by President Donald Trump on Oct. 13. 

In a news release, Governor Scott Walker today announced the approval of the declaration to help individuals and local communities impacted by devastating floods and strong storms that occurred in August and September. Walker had requested federal disaster aid earlier this month. 

“This is welcome news to many people whose lives were impacted by recent flooding,” said Walker in the news release . “There still is a lot of work to be done and more assistance that is needed.”

Under the declaration, individuals, families, and businesses in Crawford, Dane, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk and Vernon counties are now eligible to apply for federal disaster assistance.

Adams, Columbia, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Jefferson, Marquette, Ozaukee and Washington, which also sustained damage from flooding and tornadoes, are still under review by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the Individual Assistance Program, according to the news release.  Walker said the state will continue to work with affected individuals and businesses in those counties to provide disaster relief.

In addition to requesting individual assistance, Walker also requested public assistance for local governments to help recover damage to infrastructure such as roads and bridges. Counties approved for the Public Assistance Program include Adams, Crawford, Dane, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Iron, Juneau, La Crosse, Marquette, Monroe, Ozaukee, Richland, Sauk and Vernon counties.

Under the Public Assistance Program, FEMA provides 75 percent reimbursement of eligible costs, while the state and local agencies share the remaining 25 percent.

Walker's office says it will take several months for Wisconsin Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration to implement the declaration. Individuals and businesses in the declared counties will soon be able to register with FEMA for disaster assistance.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.