WISCONSIN (WKOW)-- Eight Wisconsin counties are set to receive federal aid from FEMA this Fall. The money will help to repair roads, bridges and other forms of infrastructure that were damaged by the June floods.
"For a lot of these townships, counties and municipalities, they have no budget for this kind of stuff. To get any kind of federal aid is great news," Tod Pritchard from Wisconsin Emergency Management says.
The state of Wisconsin did not qualify for individual assistance. Home and business owners will not receive any money from the federal government. County officials say they're working on ways to help those individuals who saw significant damage.
"We're all disappointed we didn't have those numbers, but in retrospect it's also good we didn't have those numbers," Iowa County Emergency Management Director Keith Hurlbert says. "Unfortunately it puts us in a bit of a pickle to try and come up with funding to help the folks that were affected."
The federal funding from FEMA will pay for 75% of the costs to repair local infrastructure. The state will pay for 12.5% and the affected municipality will be left with the remaining 12.5%.
The counties that will receive funding include Ashland, Bayfield, Crawford, Grant, Iowa, Richland, St. Croix and Vernon. The latest preliminary damage estimates show more than $8.5 million in damage between these eight counties. Officials say Grant County was hit the hardest with more than $3.5 million in damage to local infrastructure.
Wisconsin Emergency Management will hold several application briefings this month in each of the eight counties. The first meeting is set for August 14th at 9:30 a.m. in Iowa County. The briefings will help local leaders who are new to the process of filing for federal disaster funding.
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