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Doyle asks for federal aid after heavy snows

Gov. Jim Doyle asked for federal disaster assistance Thursday, to help 13 counties cover their emergency costs in a massive snowstorm this month.

Up to 21 inches fell Feb. 6-7 in southern Wisconsin.

It's the storm that stranded thousands of motorists for up to 12 hours on Interstate 39-90, south of Madison.

Thursday, National Guard Adjutant General Donald Dunbar discussed his review of the slow response by state officials.

Among other things, the state refused to shut down the freeway.

Snowmobilers were blocked when they tried to check on those stranded. An emergency command post almost shut down because it was not getting the true word of what was happening.

Doyle apologized but he refused to punish David Collins, State Patrol superintendent, for it. He said Collins has served the state well and it will be up to him and other managers to punish anybody else.

Transportation Secretary Frank Busalacchi left open the possibility Collins would be replaced.