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UPDATE: Governor Walker tours flooded Boscobel area


BOSCOBEL (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker declared a state of emergency for seven counties hit hard by severe weather over the weekend, including Iowa, Richland, Crawford and Grant.

He toured the latter on Wednesday, visiting Boscobel, which suffered flooding caused by more than 13 inches of rain.

Grant County Emergency Management officials say damages to the public infrastructure in the Boscobel area alone tops $3 million. 

Over 600 homes in Boscobel suffered damage, with 40 to 50 in need of serious repairs.  But local officials estimate that only five percent of homeowners here have flood insurance and they hope the Governor's executive order can help state agencies locate some relief funds for those people.

Mudslides along Highway 60 near the Wisconsin River are still being cleaned up as well,  shutting off a major traffic byway.

There is still concern over dangers there as well.

"I was touring the mudslide just on the other side of the river here and that's something we're gonna continue to monitor," said Gov. Walker.  "There's obviously some very serious safety concerns about that area and making sure that that's cleared, since that's a significant byway, there's a detour now for the time being.  We're gonna make sure that that's secure."))

Those hillsides could give way again if the area sees any more heavy rainfall.

Meanwhile, the Governor is encouraging homeowners to document all of their losses, to make sure they have the best chance of qualifying for any state or federal relief funds.


BOSCOBEL (WKOW) --- Governor Scott Walker is touring the flooded areas in Boscobel.

Grant County Emergency Management estimates damages to top $3 million for the area.

600 homes are damaged, 40 to 50 of those are seriously damaged. 

Officials are guessing less than 5% of homeowners have flood insurance there.

Greg Neumann is there touring with Governor Walker and will have more on the county efforts on 27 News at 5 & 6.

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