By Rick Olivo
Ashland Daily Press

CABLE — Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said Monday that the state’s rapid response to dealing with flood damage caused by torrential rainstorms last July was in part a recognition of the crucial role tourism plays in the state’s economy.

“It was critically important, because for us to have roads that were closed, it’s not just a transportation issue, it really becomes a barrier to tourism, and we wanted to make sure that there were no barriers along the way, that people knew that even if a county road might be closed, that there were alternatives and viable ways to get around, and we needed access to that information quickly,” he said.

“We not only had the web site up, but we had Facebook, Twitter, other forms of electronic media going,” he said, observing that the Department of Tourism had ”blasted” the message that northern Wisconsin was still “open for business.”

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