- Associated Press - Saturday, October 1, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker has asked a federal agency to assess damage to roads and bridges caused by recent floods and mudslides in western Wisconsin.

Walker’s office said Friday the governor requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency conduct a preliminary damage assessment of public infrastructure in 12 counties.

Flooding and mudslides last month caused more than $14 million in damage to roads, bridges and other infrastructure in western Wisconsin.

In a letter, Walker asked that FEMA assess damage in Adams, Chippewa, Clark, Columbia, Crawford, Eau Claire, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Trempealeau and Vernon counties.

FEMA teams will begin assessing damage to public infrastructure Wednesday. The information will be given to Walker to help determine if the state will request a federal disaster declaration, the first step in requesting federal aid.

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