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Tornado damage not eligible for federal aid


MADISON (WKOW)-- The April 10th tornadoes caused $25 million dollars in damage, but the Federal government won't help pay for repairs.

968 homes were damaged and 46 destroyed along with 21 businesses damaged and 10 destroyed.  Wisconsin Emergency Management estimates that at least 85% of the damage will be covered by private insurance therefore federal disaster assistance wouldn't be an option.

"This was a devastating tornado outbreak that hit central and northern Wisconsin," said WEM Administrator Mike Hinman. "The good news is that much of the damage to residents and businesses will be covered by insurance.  In addition, the Wisconsin Disaster Fund is available to help local governments with their response and recovery costs."

The 14 tornadoes that hit the evening of April 10th included 4 strong tornadoes (EF 2 or EF3).  Some of the hardest hit areas were Merrill in Lincoln County, Arkdale area in Adams County and Kaukauna in Outagamie County.


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