It's been a few weeks since floods damaged many parts
of our area .
but it's far from being forgotten.
Today representatives from the federal emergency management
agency or Fema were in Vernon County touring the damage.
News 8's Madalyn O'Neill joins us now to tell us what
Mike and Martha ...
FEMA Officials weren't looking at private propery
just public infrastructure like roads and bridges
for a preliminary assessment.
Officials estimate it will cost $14-million dollars
to fix the public infrastructure damage alone in Western
which is millions of dollars local governments didn't
Today's tour is the start of potentially getting federal
disaster funds to help pay for the damage.
Today is really the first step on the path to potentially
asking for federal disaster declaration.
It's a long path that that winds all around Vernon
County and Western Wisconsin ...
There's a tremendous amount of damage.
and one that emergency management teams are traveling
to check out recent flood damage.
Looking at roads, bridges, culverts.
Vernon county got hit really hard.
I honestly think they got hit harder than '07 and
so hopefully we can get in and let them see what kind
of damages that there are so we can get help.
FEMA is along for the ride to make their own cost
Generally the affected area has a compilation of their
damages for us to look at before we go out, then the
next step is to go out and take a look at some of
The bottom line is we want to walk away with everyone
agreeing that the damage is X amount of dollars.
We'll take al ook at the amount we've got on here
when I get in the truck.
After officials have those figures, they'll present
to them to Governor Scott Walker, who can then ask
for a federal disaster declaration .
which is the next step in getting federal aid.
We're moving on.
When we make our case for this disaster, aid its not
just the money, its the impact ot the community.
It's what happened, how did it affect people?
oh it changed a lot.
With roads still closed and bridges out .
Just your day to day living it's a hardship, a lot
of times just to get things done.
Many are hoping the path to federal aid is an easy
It's not just about money, it's about how it changed
In Vernon county, madalyn O'Neill, news 8
As mentioned, today's tour
was just for public infrastructure.
A different branch of FEMA covers private property,
so all property owners with damage will still have
to wait to see if they qualify for federal funds.
In the mean time, they can contact the state to see
if they have any available aid.
FEMA officials say they hope to wrap up the preliminary
damage assessments by the end of the week.
They say it may take until the end of the month before
counties find out if they qualify for the federal