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Outagamie Co. won't apply for FEMA assistance

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Brush from storms six days earlier lines streets in Hortonville, Aug. 13, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Fox 11 WLUK-TV)
Brush from storms six days earlier lines streets in Hortonville, Aug. 13, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Fox 11 WLUK-TV)

APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - Financial assistance from the federal government will not be an option for Outagamie County’s storm clean-up efforts. 

Five tornados hit the Fox Valley area and another in far western Brown County.  

Tornado and storm damage from last Tuesday’s storm is estimated to be around $31 million in Outagamie County. 

Damages to public infrastructure totaled more than $6 million. However, to qualify for FEMA assistance, that number needs to be closer to $8 million. 

County Executive Tom Nelson told Gannet Wisconsin Media the county doesn’t plan to apply for the federal aid because it will not meet the threshold for FEMA assistance.

The county is looking at getting assistance from the Wisconsin Disaster Fund and other means like Community Developer Block Grants. 

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