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Governor declares state of emergency for flooded northwestern counties

Gov. Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency following heavy rain and flooding for Douglas, Ashland and Bayfield counties. The governor made the announcement Tuesday after touring the Superior area.

Walker was accompanied by Major Gen. Donald Dunbar, the Adjutant General of the Wisconsin National Guard, Wisconsin Emergency Management Administrator Brian Satula, U.S. Congressman Sean Duffy, R-Wisconsin, State Rep. Nick Milroy, D-South Range, State Rep. Janet Bewley, D-Ashland, State Sen. Bob Jauch's chief of staff Jeff Buhrandt, local officials and flood victims.

More than 500 homes and businesses in the region were damaged by the excessive rains June 19-20. Roads and culverts were also damaged with some routes still underwater.

The cost of that damage is estimated at more than $2.5 million. Some road remain under water.

"It's always difficult to see the damage left behind once flood waters recede," Walker said in making the state of emergency announcement.

"Damage done in just a couple of days can take weeks or months to recover from. We want to make sure we are doing everything we can to help move the process along. I commend the people living in the Superior area, the friends and neighbors, who stepped up to help those most affected by the flooding."

The State of Emergency declaration helps local governments pay for the unreimbursed costs of damage and cleanup to public infrastructure. Governor Walker has also directed all state agencies to assist as appropriate in this effort to help those affected recover from this devastating event.