MADISON (WAOW) – Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday he has requested a federal disaster declaration for eight counties, including Marathon, Clark and Wood, because the severe winter cold caused unexpected damages.
If approved, money would be available to help pay for $11.3 million in damage to public infrastructure, such as broken water mains and frozen water towers, caused by extreme cold and record-setting frost depths in those counties, Walker said.
“The devastating cold overwhelmed many of our towns, villages, cities and counties,” the governor said in a statement. “This declaration would help many municipalities pay for these unexpected damages.”
Other counties included in the request were Chippewa, Fond du Lac, Kenosha, Milwaukee and Winnebago.
Walker said the extreme cold caused more than $25 million in damage in 69 counties and disaster declarations for additional counties would be sought if the initial request is approved.