Madison (WKOW) -- from WI Governor's Office: Governor Doyle announced Tuesday that Wisconsin is receiving an additional $19 million in emergency funding from U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to fund long-term disaster recovery and infrastructure support through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.
On September 17, Governor Doyle formally requested that HUD allocate more funding to help the state recover from job losses, infrastructure damages, and tourism business damage resulting from June flooding.
"Wisconsin's people, communities, and businesses reacted to the natural disasters this summer with spirit, hard work, and generosity," Governor Doyle said. "Securing this additional federal funding will help families and businesses recover from the worst flooding in our state's history."
Wisconsin received $19,057,378 in aid based on the state's unmet need reported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA).
This funding is in addition to the $5 million in HUD funding Wisconsin previously received.
The $24 million HUD allocation provides critical federal support to enhance state funding and recovery efforts.
Governor Doyle declared a state of emergency in 31 counties after severe weather in June brought record floods and other damage across southern Wisconsin.
After assessing the damage across the state, FEMA provided individual assistance to residents in 30 Wisconsin counties, and public assistance to 28 counties.
In addition to these efforts, Congress in June appropriated $300 million in emergency disaster assistance to 16 states experiencing natural disasters in May and June.
The funds were to be distributed by HUD based on state's unmet housing, business, and infrastructure needs.
HUD also announced that before the year ends, it will allocate $2.2 billion or more in additional aid to states affected by disasters in 2008.
Governor Doyle thanked Wisconsin's Congressional Delegation for working to secure the funding.