FEMA Also Looking At Damage In NW Wisconsin

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 at 7:06 am

We’ve been reporting for more than a week that FEMA teams were in Duluth, but now we know they are also across the boarder looking at damage in northwest Wisconsin this week as well. There, FEMA is trying to determine whether the area is eligible for federal aid to public infrastructure.

Three crews are touring Ashland, Bayfield and Douglas counties. But their primary concern is at the UW-Superior because the school sustained the most costly damage of the storm.

On the night of June 19th water rushed into the UW-Superior heating plant. It also flooded 15 university building basements, including the now empty library that once had floating books.

Officials with the school told the associated press that they’ve been told the damage to the school alone could range between 15 and 20 million dollars.

The area needs to surpass a $7.7 million threshold to qualify for federal aid and with just over $3 million dollars in county damage, the university’s uninsured damage will most likely determine aid eligibility.

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