MADISON (WXOW) -- Wisconsin has new three disaster areas, but these are because of flooding rather than the drought.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency granted a disaster declaration for Ashland, Bayfield and Douglas counties as well as the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.
The area received 8 to 10 inches of rain on June 19, which led to flash flooding.
The declaration allows local governments affected by the floods to apply for aid. The money will help communities recover some of the costs of fighting the floods and repairing infrastructure.
In a statement, Gov. Scott Walker says he's optimistic "that we'll be able to rebuild communities."
Under the program, FEMA provides 75 percent of eligible costs while state and local agencies share 12.5 percent of the costs.
Assessment teams verified more than $8.6 million in damage to public infrastructure.
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