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Gov. Scott Walker seeks federal disaster relief for 11 counties

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker has asked the federal government to declare 11 counties as disaster areas, after heavy rains and floods hit the region in late June.

Southwest Wisconsin had the most damage, but parts of the northwest were hit hard as well.

Walker is seeking assistance to repair public amenities like roads and bridges. Homes and businesses did not receive enough damage to qualify for FEMA relief.

The disaster request is for Grant, Iowa, Richland, Rock, Dane, Sauk, Vernon, Crawford, St. Croix, Ashland, and Bayfield counties.

If it’s approved, the federal government would cover 75 percent of repair costs.

Grant County had the most damage. 13 inches of rain fell in Boscobel on June 21st and 22nd.

Mudslides also closed a number of roads in southwest Wisconsin. Highway 35 in Crawford County was closed for over a month, and it just recently re-opened. 

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