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Walker declares state of emergency in Superior area

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A state of emergency has been declared in northwestern Wisconsin. Governor Scott Walker made the announcement today after touring flood damage in Superior.

According to officials, more than 500 homes and businesses were damaged in Douglas, Ashland and Bayfield counties during strong storms last week.

Congressman Sean Duffy also joined the Governor on his trip.

"The best thing we need is as much information as possible," Walker said in a press conference.

While in Superior, he talked with victims and toured flood damaged homes. But some people are asking, what took him so long to visit the area after the storms?

"We just didn't want to be in the way," he said.

After seeing the mess, he declared a state of emergency in the area. In a statement he said, "damage done in just a couple of days can take weeks or months to recover from. We want to make sure we are doing everything we can to help move the process along. "

The cost of the damage is estimated at $2.5 million dollars and some roads are still under water.

Congressman Duffy also surveyed the damage Tuesday and urged homeowners to report flood damage so they can get federal aid. "If we can access dollars to help reduce the pain to the families to the businesses and to the whole local community, we've talked about what happens in the county, what happens in the city, but we also have these small municipalities out there that are tapped for dollars," he said.

Northwestern Wisconsin wasn't the only place hit by storms. People in Duluth Minnesota are also trying to clean up. 

"Fuel oil, sewage and then all the other chemicals that were in other people's yards and whatever was in Lincoln Park is now in my basement," one homeowner in Lincoln Park said.

Debris also littered an area zoo, but crews said clean-up is almost done.

Back in Wisconsin, officials said the state of emergency declaration will help local governments pay for clean up and repairs to roads.

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