Wisconsin community likely won't get federal funds after tornado

EAGLE, Wis. (AP) -- An Eagle official doubts whether the village will get federal relief for tornado damage, but it will likely get state funds.

Deputy Village Clerk Darlene Sterzinger says Eagle doesn't meet minimum requirements for the number of uninsured victims and public property damage.

According to preliminary reports, the June 21 tornado destroyed six Eagle houses, caused major damage to 16 others and hit about 100 houses total.

Federal funding would have covered some local government costs as well as offered relief to uninsured residents.

But Waukesha County spokeswoman Julianne Klimetz tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the current damage estimate of $20 million likely qualifies them for Wisconsin funds. It requires minimum damage of $6 million.

The state would help to pay for debris removal, road repair and protection of the area.

EAGLE, Wis. (AP) -- The tornado that hit a southeastern Wisconsin city caused at least $20 million in damage.

Waukesha County spokeswoman Julianne Klimetz says that figure is expected to rise because damage assessment is still being conducted. She expects it to be concluded within a week.

Lori Getter, a spokeswoman for Wisconsin Emergency Management, tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the state may seek federal disaster relief after the damage assessments are done.

A federal disaster declaration will allow governments to recover costs of response services and could assist residents who have no insurance and businesses.

Eagle's sirens failed to sound and officials are still trying to determine why the sirens failed.

Waukesha County officials have said at least 25 homes were destroyed. Gov. Jim Doyle has declared a state of emergency.

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