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Flooding in last week's torrential rains closed Pine St., north of E. Market St., in Burlington on July 12.(Photo: Kayla Chambers, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Torrential rains and widespread flooding across southeastern Wisconsin last week caused millions of dollars worth of damage to homes, roads and bridges in Racine, Walworth and Kenosha counties, state emergency government officials said.

Sanitary sewer overflows were reported by 15 communities in the three counties as heavy rainfall of up to 8 inches on July 12 quickly filled basements, private sewer laterals and then street sewers before overwhelming pumping stations, municipal officials said in reports to state environmental officials.

In one of seven overflows reported that day by the City of Kenosha, crews pumped more than 37.8 million gallons of untreated wastewater out of a sanitary sewer manhole on 43rd St. to a storm sewer that drained to Lake Michigan.

The emergency measure was necessary to prevent backups of sewage into basements of residences and businesses in the community, Wastewater Treatment Director Katrina Karow said.

An airplane that is reportedly Foxconn chairman Terry Gou was seen at Mitchell International Airport earlier this month.(Photo: Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

MADISON – Republicans in charge of the state Assembly on Thursday embraced a proposal by Gov. Scott Walker to drop a proposed income tax cut to free up $200 million that could be used for highways. 

The plan emerged as efforts to lure a Taiwanese manufacturer to Wisconsin began to be incorporated into budget talks. Trying to land Foxconn Technology Group could cost hundreds of millions of dollars in incentives, according to one state senator. 

Swapping a tax cut for transportation funding is aimed at ending a budget stalemate that has lingered because of differences among Republicans who control the Legislature on how to fund highways.

But it was not clear if the idea would catch on with Senate Republicans, who want to use the money to end a property tax paid by businesses.

Flooding in last week's torrential rains closed Pine St., north of E. Market St., in Burlington on July 12.(Photo: Kayla Chambers, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Torrential rains and widespread flooding across southeastern Wisconsin July 12 caused millions of dollars worth of damage to homes, roads and bridges in Racine, Walworth and Kenosha counties, state emergency government officials said.

Sanitary sewer overflows were reported in 15 communities in the three counties as heavy rainfall of up to 8 inches on July 12 quickly filled sewers and overwhelmed pumping stations, municipal officials said in reports to state environmental officials.

Several of the communities reached out to one company — PATS Services Inc. in Burlington — for emergency help in preventing overflows. But the company's 25 tanker trucks dispatched throughout the region to pump excessive flows out of sewers were no match for the extreme storms.

The company also distributed 30 portable toilets to neighborhoods inundated with floodwaters in Burlington, Salem and Silver Lake "so residents could go" when they needed to, PATS Services owner Alan Kaddatz said.

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The craft beer movement has become so popular it's almost — dare we say it — mainstream.

Now, the craft distillery movement is gaining momentum.

In Wisconsin alone, more than 20 craft distilleries have opened in the past 13 years, three of which call Milwaukee home: Great Lakes Distillery, Central Standard Distillery and Twisted Path Distillery.

The trend isn't just about singular — and locally produced — tastes, it's about making distilled spirits approachable and fun. One example: On Thursday night, Great Lakes Distillery is pairing up with Purple Door Ice Cream for what they call an adult ice cream social, featuring sundaes made with KK Whiskey ice cream and "yummy boozy toppings.

An airplane that is reportedly Foxconn chairman Terry Gou was seen at Mitchell International Airport earlier this month.(Photo: Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

MADISON – Attempts to lure Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn to southeastern Wisconsin could involve hundreds of millions of dollars in incentives, a state senator said Thursday.

Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) said he wants to hold off on passing the state budget until lawmakers know more about what it would take to get Foxconn Technology Group to site a massive facility in Wisconsin. The state budget, which was supposed to take effect July 1, is held up because of disagreements among Republicans who control the state Legislature.

Olsen said he doesn’t have a firm grip on what the state might need to do to land Foxconn but that Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) has told him it could require hundreds of millions of dollars in incentives. Fitzgerald told The Associated Press the deal could require “huge, big numbers.