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Governor Walker says federal aid in storm relief not likelySubmitted: 05/22/2017
Dakota Sherek
Dakota Sherek
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dsherek@wjfw.com

Governor Walker says federal aid in storm relief not likely
MERRILL - People who lost their homes in last week's tornado will get state help, but likely no federal dollars to rebuild.

Initial estimates from the Barron County Sheriff's Office put the damage from last week's tornado at $10 million.


Gov. Scott Walker (R - Wisconsin) declared a state of emergency last week for both Barron and Rusk counties.

On Monday, Walker said a number of state agencies beyond emergency management have responded to those counties.

"From the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Children and Family, Department of Transportation, other state agencies seeking to assist the folks who were hit not only by the tornado, but by the other wind damage in the area," said Walker.

In order to qualify for a federal declaration of emergency, a certain threshold needs to be met.

The Governor says typically the federal government only considers cases that go above and beyond damage covered by insurance. In this case, it likely won't happen because many people have home insurance.

"One of the things we've been encouraging people to do is to document any damage done to their property and then pass that on to county officials," said Walker.

WJFW spoke with the Governor at Merrill's Kate Goodrich Elementary School where he spoke about his proposed education funding.



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