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State and Feds may buy 100s of flood prone homes in state

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news River Falls, 54022
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

The state and federal governments might buy hundreds of homes in places that still have flood waters after five weeks.

Gov. Jim Doyle made the announcement Thursday in Spring Green where he said the damage still looks like it just happened.

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Doyle says people in nine communities could have their homes purchased in Rock, Jefferson, Richland and Sauk counties - and that includes Spring Green.

But Gays Mills' Village Board member Pat Brockway said FEMA made the same promise last August and up to 12 homeowners are still waiting.

Gays Mills is thinking about taking federal money to move their entire village to higher ground but they're not sure when the funding will come through.

Fifty additional homes in that community were hit by the second round of floods. Brockway says lots of folks are not sure which way to turn.

In the meantime, Doyle says $15 million in state grant money will be used to help flood victims fix their homes.

The federal government has spent $30 million on that already.

Still, it's only a small part of the total damage which was almost a $0.5 billion at last word.

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