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Gov. to appeal FEMA’s disaster ruling for Milwaukee, Grant counties

By Joe Lanane

A Wisconsin Emergency Management spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday afternoon that Gov. Jim Doyle will appeal a decision that denied individuals federal disaster relief.

Lori Getter said Doyle will attempt to claim as much assistance money as possible after the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Wednesday morning that only government agencies in Milwaukee and Grant counties will receive federal funding. That money will help reimburse debris removal and other emergency costs incurred from a series of storms in late July.

Doyle’s appeal is an attempt to compensate individual home and business owners who suffered damage to their properties. Getter said FEMA’s interpretation of major damage does not necessarily include flooded basements, and that may have played a role in their initial ruling to not pay individuals.

“There isn’t necessarily a black and white threshold for these decisions,” Getter said. “There are a variety of factors.”

Getter said the governor’s office has 30 days to file the appeal.

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