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Long process to get federal aid for millions in storm damage for La Crosse

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FEMA estimated damages at over $10 million,
though La Crosse’s estimate is over $4 million 

Twelve counties in Wisconsin are looking for assistance from FEMA.

Emergency Management Director Keith Butler says it was a long process from the storms that caused damage between July 19-23.

“We had to go through every communities’ reports – road damages, bridges, culverts, all those kind of things,” Butler said. “Our initial estimate was over $4 million in damages in La Crosse County.”

Butler says there may still not be a decision for awhile, as the country deals with a hurricane in Texas, along with other flash flooding events.

The declaration from the state would allow local governments in Buffalo, Crawford, Grant, Iowa, Jackson, La Crosse, Lafayette, Monroe, Richland, Trempealeau and Vernon counties to recover up to 75 percent of their clean-up costs through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Public Assistance Program.

FEMA has estimated the storms and floods caused more than $10 million in damage to public infrastructure, emergency protection costs and debris removal costs.

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.

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