MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) has requested a federal disaster declaration for local government costs associated with the record severe winter weather of 2013-14. The counties in the declaration request are Chippewa, Clark, Fond du Lac, Kenosha, Marathon, Milwaukee, Winnebago, and Wood. This declaration would help pay for $11.3 million in damage to public infrastructure in those counties. Examples of damage include broken water mains and frozen water towers due to the extreme cold and record setting frost depths.
“The devastating cold overwhelmed many of our towns, villages, cities, and counties,” said Governor Walker. “This declaration would help many municipalities pay for these unexpected damages.”
Initial Uniform Disaster Situation Reports (UDSR) showed damage from the extreme cold totaled in excess of $25 million in 69 Wisconsin counties. After those initial reports came in, Wisconsin Emergency Management submitted a sample group of counties representing a cross-section of the state for a technical review. The selected counties supplied extensive data on the depth of frost and on the documented damage. This review became the Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) for those counties which were listed in the disaster declaration request submitted today.
If the declaration request is approved, PDA’s will be conducted in other affected counties to see if they would be eligible to be added to the declaration.
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