2 Wisconsin counties look to fix 2018 flooding damage

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Two neighboring southern Wisconsin counties are taking steps to address last year's widespread flooding that drenched streets, damaged homes and caused lakes to spill over.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that Dane County has budgeted more than $18 million this year for flood mitigation projects. The move comes after torrential storms last summer dumped more than 11 inches (28 centimeters) of rain in some areas, causing power outages and floating cars.

Dane County has already started looking into two projects to remove sediment and widen passages to move water more quickly through the lake system.

Sauk County is focusing on its flood recovery program , which helps connect residents with caseworkers to secure aid. Emergency management officials say the program that started in December has raised more than $300,000 in donations.