08.05.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Leads Letter to White House Requesting Federal Disaster Declaration for 11 Wisconsin Counties

Washington D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has led a letter to the White House requesting a federal disaster declaration for 11 Wisconsin counties heavily hit by heavy rains and flooding in late June.
 
The area’s most heavily hit by the June storms were in Southwestern and Northwestern parts of the state. The request covers Ashland, Bayfield, Crawford, Dane, Grant, Iowa, Richland, Rock, St. Croix, Sauk, and Vernon Counties, as well as the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.
 
Baldwin was joined on the bipartisan letter to President Obama by Senator Ron Johnson and Congressmen Ron Kind, Paul Ryan, Sean Duffy and Mark Pocan.
 
The declaration would make the state eligible for federal disaster assistance. If the request is approved, the federal government would provide Governor Walker with federal funding to cover 75-percent of repair costs. Walker has requested federal assistance to help local governments recover from the disaster which caused more than $9.2 million in damage to roads and other public infrastructure.
 
Download a copy of the letter here.