August 20, 2014

Outagamie County storm damage tops $30 million

Damage reports from last week’s storm are still coming in, and have now topped $30 million in Outagamie County alone. County Executive Tom Nelson says they’ve now topped $30 million. “We have approximately $25 million in private, residential damage. In addition to that, we estimate about $6 million in public sector damage to,” Nelson said Monday.

Nelson said the damage to homes and businesses will likely not qualify for FEMA aid, but the public sector damage is getting close. “If we don’t meet that threshold, we would be eligible to go forward, to apply for Wisconsin emergency management funds,” Nelson said.

Nelson said Governor Walker still hasn’t replied to his request for help from the Wisconsin National Guard to clear storm debris. He said he took three members of the 724th Engineer Battalion from Eau Claire on a tour of damage in the county. “They’ll be issuing a report to the adjutant general and the governor, and from there they’ll make a decision,” he said.

The Appleton area was among the hardest hit by severe weather, including at least five tornadoes, that swept through the Fox Valley to the Lake Michigan shore last Wednesday morning.

Rick Schuh, WHBY