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Lake Delton homeowners want more money

People whose homes were swept away on Lake Delton last year are now asking for another $1.3 million from the village.

The state gave them $2.3 million for condemnation rights, as the lakeshore was rebuilt following last June's dramatic washouts from heavy rains.

Now, a claim to the village asks for the difference between what the state paid, and what the owners called their fair market values.

Five homes and nine lots were destroyed a year ago next Tuesday, when a breach in an earthen bank created a channel and the homes floated away down the Wisconsin River.

The Village of Lake Delton denies negligence. If it denies the new damage claim, the landowners can file a lawsuit.