FEMA To Tour Tornado, Flood Damaged Wisconsin Counties

(Madison, WI) Governor Scott Walker has announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct a preliminary damage assessment in 17 counties hit the hardest by flooding and tornadoes. That includes Dodge and Fond du Lac counties – where more than a dozen tornados touched down – along with Columbia, Green Lake and Jefferson counties which experienced extensive flooding. Walker said FEMA officials will begin looking at flood-damaged homes and public infrastructure on Monday. Damage assessments are expected to be finished one week later. Local and county officials will escort FEMA teams to homes that were destroyed or had major damage. Walker says the preliminary damages are nearly $234-million dollars, up an estimated $25-million dollars from less than two weeks ago. Flooding caused more than $108-million dollars in damage to homes. A total of 56 homes were destroyed, 564 homes had major damage and nearly four-thousand homes had minor damage. The public sector saw around $76-million in damage while businesses experienced more than $49-million. The other counties being assessed include: Adams, Crawford, Dane, Juneau, La Crosse, Marquette, Monroe, Ozaukee, Richland, Sauk and Vernon counties.