Parts of our area are still recovering from flooding and tornadoes that hit in August and this month.
Now federal agencies are visiting several counties to assess the damage left behind and will possibly secure financial aid for those who still need to make repairs.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, also known as FEMA, has begun assessing damage left from the storm in 18 Wisconsin counties.
Five teams are assessing homes and businesses, another three are examining public infrastructure.
This will tell FEMA exactly how much money will be granted to locals affected and if those 18 counties will be under a federal disaster declaration.
Local 5 was in the town of Alto after it was hit by a tornado in August.
Down trees and high winds caused damage to several homes, but FEMA may be able to help.
“A lot of times we are asking here, ‘do you have insurance?’ It’s hard to understand what the needs are, but some people don’t have enough insurance or they don’t have insurance and that’s where FEMA can step in and offer assistance for recovery,” says Gerard Hammink, a representative for FEMA.
“A lot of it is the wind damage that we did see from the tornadoes,” says Bobbi Hicken with Fond Du Lac County Emergency Management. “There is some flooding that happened to people’s basements, but we are really focusing on the tornado damage at this point.”
Fond Du Lac County Emergency Management was only one agency touring the damage this week.
They’re partnering with FEMA to create an assessment report.
“We gather the information through these tours of these counties, I will give that information to the state and then the state puts that into their report for a possible presidential disaster declaration,” says Hammink.
Hammink says there’s no way to tell right now how much money all the counties will receive.
The county wants the most accurate assessment possible so they did not solely rely on what has been surveyed this week.
“We also worked with our municipal emergency managers who know their community and they know who was affected,” says Hicken. “We went with them in order to determine where the most significant damages were and to be able to get a good picture.”