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Nearly 2,000 Milwaukee, Grant Co. Residents Apply for Flood Relief


MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - About 2,000 residents of Milwaukee and Grant counties have applied for flood relief since Saturday, when the federal government started taking applications.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency originally said no to individual relief from the July 22nd floods. But officials changed their minds after many residents provided information about their damage, and Governor Jim Doyle filed an appeal.

Those who provided information must still apply in order to get grants or loans. Applications are now being taken by phone at 800-621-FEMA, and online at DisasterAssistance.Gov.

Two disaster recovery centers will open later this week in Milwaukee, and one will operate in Grant County in far southwest Wisconsin. Locations will be announced later Tuesday.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says the aid will cover structural damage and the costs of temporary housing. It does not cover personal items. The floods occurred during torrential rains. Parts of Milwaukee had 8 inches of rain in one night.