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Walker declares emergency for 3 western Wisconsin counties

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has issued emergency declarations for three western Wisconsin counties hit hard by storms and flooding earlier this month.

Walker on Monday signed the order declaring disasters in Eau Claire, Buffalo and Trempealeau counties. The orders will help free up government money to help with the recovery effort.

Severe thunderstorms and floods hit the area when five to eight inches of rain fell in the evening and overnight on Aug. 10. The state has already asked the federal government to help pay for an estimated $1.8 million in federal highways in the three counties.

The flooding led to road closures, but all state highways were reopened by Aug. 16.

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