Minnesota Gov. Dayton, Wisconsin Gov. Walker Both In Listening Area Tuesday To Survey Damage
Flood recovery efforts were in full swing on Tuesday, and communities in both Minnesota and Wisconsin are hoping to get help from the federal government.
On Tuesday, federal and state emergency management crews surveyed the damage to public infrastructure due to last week’s severe weather and flooding.
In Minnesota, the number crews are looking to reach is $7.2 million in damage. If the damage across the state reaches that threshold, Governor Mark Dayton can request a presidential disaster declaration in hopes of receiving federal aid.
Dayton stopped at Barnum’s fire hall Tuesday, seeing photos of the destruction and hearing from local authorities on their damage estimates. Barnum Mayor Jason Goodwin told reporters that none of the residents have flood insurance. Dayton assured as much help as possible from the state, as well as the federal government.
Dayton also visited Moose Lake where the school saw significant damage. Superintendent Tim Caroline estimated $750,000 dollars in repairs. Sturgeon Lake, Willow River, and Rutledge were also on Dayton’s tour.
Dayton wasn’t the only Governor in the listening area on Tuesday. Wisconsin Gov Scott Walker was also in the area surveying flood damage. Douglas, Bayfield, and Ashland counties are now officially under a state of emergency after Walker’s visit.
Walker said state aid may be able help fix public roads but it’s up to the federal funds to help homeowners.
Congressman Sean Duffy, the area’s representative, also visited Tuesday. He said more reported damage the easier it will be to get federal aid.
Both the Congressman and Governor said they waited to visit because they didn’t want to be in the way.
If you live in Wisconsin and have any flood damage, leaders are urging you to report it by calling (715) 394.0392.