08.13.18

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces Federal Disaster Declaration for Wisconsin Communities Damaged by Flooding

Senator Baldwin requested federal assistance for impacted Wisconsin counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) major disaster declaration for Wisconsin communities damaged by recent storms and severe flooding. In July, Senator Baldwin wrote to President Trump requesting this declaration that will make federal funds available to repair damaged public infrastructure in Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Clark, Douglas and Iron counties.

“Damage caused by heavy rains and flooding have left some communities wondering how they are going to pay for the repairs,” said Senator Baldwin. “This declaration will provide relief for communities and help ensure they receive the federal funding they need to rebuild.”

The June storms damaged homes, businesses and public infrastructure, including federal highways and federally-financed water infrastructure projects.

In June, Senator Baldwin met with local officials in Ashland and visited an area affected by the flooding. She also called on the Federal Highway Administration to make federal emergency relief funding available to help repair roads and bridges damaged by the severe flooding in northern Wisconsin. To date, the Federal Highway Administration has released $1 million for emergency road repairs.