Rains over the weekend have caused heavy flood damage in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin as well as in other adjacent counties. Residents have evacuated as basements were flooded food and properties were lost and damaged across the counties in Southern Wisconsin.
County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. announced earlier that the cost of damage may have exceeded $35 million by now. As requested by the state, a team from the Federal Emergency Management Agency is set to arrive in a week to assess the extent of the damage. The damage assessment team will be conducting inspections to evaluate damages and seek assistance for relief and repairs.
Mayor Tom Barrett has asked for help from Governor Jim Doyle to expedite the process. To date, counties by the flood and rains were reportedly still in the process of preliminary assessment of damages. These other counties affected are Grant, Winnebago, Grant and Outagamie. They would need complete reports from these affected counties for a more accurate assessment of damages.
State and federal officials consider disaster declarations based on the amount of damage and insurance coverage.