The storm caused the foundation of one home on
The foundation of another home on
With the temperature hovering in the low 40s Wednesday, securing aid to help residents replace appliances is critical, Lenz said.
"We have a lot of people who can't afford to replace water heaters, furnaces that were damaged and need to be replaced from the storm," he said. Repairing the appliances is unsafe because of possible contamination as well as the potential for fires, he stressed.
Lenz said the number of homes damaged is unprecedented and
"Any community that sits between two, three lakes, you're going to have some flooding occasionally, but there's nothing that's been like this in anyone's memory," he said.
If the preliminary damage assessments exceed the federally determined damage threshold of
After that, the governor submits the letter to the president through
Damage has been estimated at
"We'll be here as long as
Crews will be touring the region through Friday and will visit
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