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Gov. Walker Approves Disaster Payments Following 2011 Timber Blow Down


Duluth, MN (KDAL) - Help is on the way to financially-strapped governments across Northwest Wisconsin following the 2011 timber blow down.  Governor Scott Walker has given the O-K to the Department of Transportation to send out Disaster Damage Aid to municipalities in Washburn, Burnett and Douglas Counties.  Close to three years ago, severe thunderstorms packing winds of more than 100 miles per hour raked the area, downing trees and blocking more than 400 miles of roads.  By giving approval to the D-O-T, the governor has made reimbursements of up to 70-percent available to those local governments which were on the hook to open up the blocked roads.  The governor’s office estimates the storms caused more than 14-million dollars in damage.