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Gov. Doyle declares state of emergency in Milwaukee Co.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Jim Doyle has declared a state of emergency in Milwaukee County following severe storms and flash flooding throughout the area. The storms forced people from their homes, damaged many roadways and other structures, and caused extensive power outages. 

"I am declaring a state of emergency for Milwaukee County," Governor Doyle said. "Yesterday, Milwaukee saw what may be record rainfall.  Mayor Barrett called to update me on the damage this morning and I assured him that the state will do everything we can to help people in Milwaukee."

The state of emergency directs state agencies to assist local governments in recovering from this natural disaster.

Wisconsin Emergency Management is working with local officials to begin assessing the damage and determining what resources would be needed to help speed response and recovery efforts.

Local and state officials are continuing to work to get an accurate assessment of the damage and the resources needed to help speed recovery efforts.

Click here to view the Executive Order.

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