FEMA tours flooded areas in SE Wisconsin

Posted at 6:09 PM, Aug 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-01 19:10:03-04

Federal disaster relief may be on the way to southeast Wisconsin. This money would help with cleanup after the record flooding last month in Racine, Walworth and Kenosha Counties.

The floods caused lots of problems for families and they’re hoping some federal funding can come in to help them fix things.

"(We’re) Validating the information, talking to homeowners, if they're not home talking to neighbors," said Dan Shulman with FEMA.

Taking notes and careful accounts of everything they saw, FEMA officials and other state agencies are scattered across southeast Wisconsin touring flood damage.

"I'm really happy that FEMA came out. We need a lot of support around here," said Christina Gottgetrew.

They're touring every affected neighborhood, chipping away Tuesday FEMA talked to as many homeowners as possible.

"They just came and talked a little bit, asked how much of my property got damaged, who lived where and how much I thought I lost," said Gottgetrew.

Nearly three weeks after record flooding of the Fox River, families are still trying to clean up. Eric Mitchell hopes he receives some federal funding, floods caused damage to his basement, and his home is now unlivable

"Ten to 12-hour days of just doing everything we can to save what we can to and clean everything out. It's just good to see that somebody's here kind of assessing it a little bit more now and hopefully there will be a little more help coming to kind of pick up the costs," said Mitchell.

Once all information is documented, it goes to Gov. Scott Walker’s office. He will then have to decide if federal assistance is needed.