April 20, 2014

Governor declares State of Emergency up north

Douglas, Ashland and Bayfield Counties are under a State of Emergency following heavy rain and flooding in northern Wisconsin. Governor Scott Walker toured the Superior area on Tuesday with emergency officials.

It can take residents weeks or months to recover from damage done in just a couple of days. Walker says the state will do everything it can to help move the process along; his declaration helps local governments pick up some of the cost of damage and cleanup to public infrastructure.

Excessive rains June 19 and 20 led to flood related damages at more than 500 homes and businesses. Some public infrastructure was also damaged or destroyed. Damage cost is estimated at more than $2.5 million.

NOTE: The governor toured the Superior area on Tuesday with Major General Donald Dunbar, the Adjutant General of the Wisconsin National Guard, Wisconsin Emergency Management Administrator Brian Satula, U.S. Congressman Sean Duffy (R-Wisconsin), state Rep. Nick Milroy (D-South Range), state Rep. Janet Bewley (D-Ashland), state Sen. Bob Jauch’s Chief of Staff Jeff Buhrandt, local officials and flood victims.