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FEMA declares Milwaukee, Grant counties as disaster areas

The storm that hit the Milwaukee area on July 22 flooded homes and opened a giant sinkhole that swallowed a Cadillac Escalade. On Wednesday, FEMA declared Milwaukee and Grant counties disaster areas. (AP Photo/Mark Was)

The storm that hit the Milwaukee area on July 22 flooded homes and opened a giant sinkhole that swallowed a Cadillac Escalade. On Wednesday, FEMA declared Milwaukee and Grant counties disaster areas. (AP Photo/Mark Was)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Milwaukee and Grant counties have been declared disaster areas by the Federal Emergency Management Agency due to flooding.

The declarations announced Wednesday by Gov. Jim Doyle make local units of government in those counties available for federal assistance as they clean up from the July floods. The counties did not qualify for individual assistance for flood victims.

Doyle said he is disappointed the state didn’t meet the requirements for individuals to get assistance.

Doyle had requested federal assistance for individuals in Milwaukee, Grant and Waukesha counties.

Flood damage in Milwaukee County is estimated at $37.5 million. Almost 9,600 homes in Milwaukee County were damaged, with about 200 sustaining major damage and five destroyed.

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