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Conflicting reports of destruction from Twin Ports floods last year

DULUTH, MN (WTAQ) - It was a year ago Wednesday when 6 to 10 inches of rain caused millions of dollars of flood damage in the Duluth-Superior region in northwest Wisconsin and northeast Minnesota.

The Duluth News-Tribune says there are conflicting totals of the numbers of homes damaged.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said 17 homes were destroyed, while local assessors put the figure at 72.

In all, FEMA counted 479 homes with reportable damage – none in Wisconsin – while local officials counted 31-hundred Minnesota homes with reportable damage, and 320 more in the Superior region in Douglas County.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker did not ask FEMA for federal disaster aid, saying there was not enough damage for individual homeowners to qualify. Walker did apply for aid from the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the agency came through with low-interest disaster loans for Douglas, Bayfield, Sawyer, Washburn, and Burnett counties.

In addition, the storms dumped up to 9 feet of water in the campus library at UW-Superior and caused over $23 million in damage as floods hit all but one campus building.