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Wis. flood damage estimates keep growing

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Damage estimates from the past week’s floods are climbing.

State emergency management officials said Thursday that 418 homes and 62 businesses have sustained damage, up from 372 homes and 57 businesses on Wednesday.

The floods have caused at least $9.1 million in damage to public infrastructure around the state, up from $4.5 million Wednesday.

Those totals could easily grow. Local emergency officials continue to update their reports and the state has invited federal emegency workers to assess infrastructure in eight counties.

Authorities say the Wisconsin River continues to drop in Columbia County, where floodwater forced an evacuation in the town of Caledonia. Residents there are now returning.

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