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Governor requests federal funding for winter infrastructure damage

UNDATED (WRN-WSAU) Damage done by severe winter weather has the state seeking a federal disaster declaration for eight counties.

Governor Scott Walker has requested the declaration for Chippewa, Clark, Fond du Lac, Kenosha, Marathon, Milwaukee, Winnebago, and Wood counties. If approved, it would help those areas pay for an estimated 11.3-million-dollars in damage to public infrastructure caused by the extreme cold last winter, such as broken water mains and frozen water towers.

Walker says the devastating cold overwhelmed many communities, and a declaration would help them pay for those unexpected damages.

The initial request is the result of a extensive review done in those eight counties. If a disaster declaration is approved, the governor says other affected counties will be checked to see if they are eligible to be included.

While damage to public infrastructure was above the threshold needed for a disaster declaration, the governor's office say homes and businesses affected by the extreme cold did not meet FEMA's requirements to request individual assistance.