Kenosh County Workers Don't Expect Aid After Tornado

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) -- Kenosha County officials know chances are slim they will receive federal funds to help rebuild after last month's tornado.

The January seventh tornado destroyed nearly 30 homes destroyed and caused an estimated $21.6 million in damage in the county.

Ben Schliesman, county director of emergency management, says most of the homes damaged were insured, so they don't have enough uninsured loss to qualify.

But some residents don't seem to be waiting around for official word.

Building inspector Tim Popanda says he's already issued 50 permits, ranging from permission to raze structures to construction permits, and the rebuilding process has begun.

Popanda says he's amazed at how tough residents have been.


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