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Obama signs disaster declaration

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  President Obama issued federal disaster declarations yesterday for eight Wisconsin counties and the Red Cliff Indian reservation. They’ll get federal funds to repair road, bridges, and other public facilities damaged by the heavy rains and flooding from late June.

Grant County was the hardest, with 13 inches of rain over two days in Boscobel. That county was declared a disaster area along with Crawford, Iowa, Richland, Vernon, Saint Croix, Ashland, and Bayfield counties – plus the Red Cliff lands north of Bayfield. The Federal Emergency Agency will provide 75-percent funding for public facility repairs.

Certain non-profit groups can also get reimbursed for emergency assistance and repair work.

No disaster relief will be available for homes and businesses affected by the flooding. They did not have enough damage to qualify. Governor Scott Walker said the June flood damage to public facilities totaled just over $9-million.

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