MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - Federal disaster inspectors will visit flood-ravaged Milwaukee sooner than we first thought. The sheriff’s department says a team from the Federal Emergency Management Agency is now due in tomorrow, to see if last week’s flood damage qualifies for federal disaster aid.
Governor Jim Doyle’s office originally said a FEMA team would not be in the state until next Monday. But Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Sheriff David Clarke, and other local leaders had accused the state of moving too slowly to help their community.
State emergency management officials said they were still working with other Wisconsin counties to determine their flood losses. Normally, the governor doesn’t seek disaster aid until he gets a final statewide damage total.
Milwaukee County submitted its damage figures last Friday, at 28 and a half million dollars. They then updated that figure yesterday to 37 and a half million.