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Milwaukee Damages Estimated at 46.5 Million


MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - Damage reports are still rolling in from last week’s flooding in Milwaukee. County Executive Scott Walker says the latest estimate is almost 46 and a half million dollars.

A team from the Federal Emergency Management Agency started inspecting the damage yesterday, to see if the area qualifies for disaster aid. They expect to wrap up their work by Saturday. Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett met with FEMA officials. They then warned residents that any cash assistance from the agency will not be immediate and it probably won’t cover all their losses.

Around 18 thousand homes in Milwaukee County have flood damage ranging from ruined carpets to buckled foundations. Parts of Milwaukee’s north side had almost four inches of rain in one hour last Thursday night. The area’s planning commission says that normally occurs only once in 500 years.

The city of Milwaukee has condemned 15 homes near Lincoln Creek due to flood damage. The Red Cross says two dozen Milwaukeeans are staying in an emergency shelter while employees find more permanent housing.

FEMA inspectors also visited Grant County in southwest Wisconsin yesterday. Damage there has exceeded a million dollars to roads and bridges alone.