(Siren, WI) -- Governor Walker and area legislators met with state and local officials last Friday to discuss the damage caused by a severe storm in Burnett County in early July. Joining the Governor were State Senators Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) and Robert Jauch (D-Poplar), along with Representatives Eric Severson (R-Star Prairie), Nick Milroy (D-South Range) and Roger Rivard (R-Rice Lake). The storm damage was extensive and many residents lost power and experienced property damage.
“The storms in July were devastating to Burnett County residents and local businesses,” said Harsdorf. “By meeting with local officials and stakeholders, we can move forward and begin to provide state assistance to help address the damage caused by the storm.”
Meetings were held with business and property owners, other interested parties, as well as state and local officials to review an assessment of the area, identify challenges the county is facing and outline what the next steps will be. The meeting was held at the Burnett County Government Center in Siren, where the Governor was joined by State Legislators and representatives from the Wisconsin Natural Guard, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the Department of Transportation, the Wisconsin Emergency Management and the Department of Natural Resources.
“A number of concerns were raised at the meeting including public safety, the extent of the damaged timber, infestation and fire risks as well as the cost and challenge to local governments to clear the right of ways,” said Harsdorf. “It is my hope that the state can provide some form of relief to the citizens and businesses in the area and help to address issues related to the storm damage.”
Since the meeting, the Governor’s Office issued a statement saying that they plan to work with the Department of Natural Resources and with other state agencies and local governments to orchestrate an effective clean-up and removal effort in the wake of the July 1st storm damage.