Officials in far western Wisconsin will seek state disaster relief, after a request for federal aid to fix public facilities damaged during last week’s flooding was rejected.
Buffalo County officials say the Federal Emergency Management Agency needed to find at least $8 million in damage to public infrastructure in the region before it could consider naming it a disaster area. Up to seven inches of rain fell in parts of Buffalo and Trempealeau counties earlier this month, which is believed to have caused about $2 million in damage to roads and bridges.
Buffalo County emergency management officials are now looking to the state’s Disaster Fund and the Wisconsin DOT for repair assistance. Losses on private property are still being tallied.