All of Wisconsin’s members of Congress signed a joint letter Tuesday asking President Obama for the federal government’s potential help in efforts to recover from flood damage caused last month by major storms that swept through western Wisconsin.
Gov. Scott Walker already has declared a state of emergency for 12 counties, including Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark, Eau Claire, Jackson and Trempealeau, following torrential rainstorms on Sept. 21 and 22.
Teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be making preliminary damage assessments on Wednesday with county officials in areas that experienced flooding.
“The governor may seek additional federal resources in the coming weeks to ensure an effective response beyond what capabilities the state and local governments can provide,” the letter stated.
Wisconsin’s congressional delegates added that they urge Obama to promptly review the request for assistance in a manner consistent with all laws, rules and regulations.
The letter is signed by Sens. Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and Reps. Ron Kind, Sean Duffy, Mark Pocan, Glenn Grothman, Gwen Moore, Reid Ribble and James Sensenbrenner.