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Wisconsin shares billions in federal disaster aid with 10 other states

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Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

Wisconsin is one of 11 states sharing a total of $3.7 billion in federal aid to help recover from last year's natural disasters.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan says the money will help re-build infrastructure, restore housing and revitalize communities.

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Donovan announced the grants Wednesday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, which suffered the heaviest floods in the Midwest last year.

Donovan told local leaders that "no community or state should ever have to go through such a tragedy alone again."

Iowa expects a $0.5 billion in federal aid, but they won't receive it until next week.

In Wisconsin, the governor's office announced $39 million in flood relief on Tuesday through Community Development Block Grants.

Thirty-four counties will get that aid. Many places say they have not recovered from last year's floods.

Vernon County resource conservationist says the new grant won't pay for all the flood damage it suffered the last two years but it's a start.

Officials say the county needs about $14 million just to make repairs ordered by the state DNR. County leaders are trying to get a 0.5 percent sales tax to help raise the needed funds.

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