The damage total from flooding and storms in Wisconsin in August continues to rise and now approaches a quarter of a billion dollars.
Gov. Scott Walker tweeted on Sept. 18 that the preliminary damages are nearly $234 million, up from the last estimate of $209 million from less than two weeks ago.
The new totals include $109 million in residential damages, $76 million to the public sector and more than $49 million for businesses.
Walker also announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency will conduct a preliminary damage assessment beginning Monday in 17 counties hit by the storms that began on Aug. 17.
Getting those assessments done is a necessary step before Walker can seek a federal disaster declaration.
That would activate at least one of two major FEMA programs designed to reimburse local governments and homeowners for repairs.
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