UPDATE: Storm Mode: Storm Reports from Across Wisconsin

UPDATED Sunday, July 18, 2010 ---- 11:50 a.m.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RE: Slow – No Wake on Wisconsin River

Baraboo, WI - A Slow - No Wake has been placed on the Wisconsin River from River’s Edge (near Lake Delton) to the Columbia Co. Line (near Levy Road) by order of the Sauk Co. Sheriff. This will remain in place until further notice.

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UPDATED Sunday, July 18, 2010 --- 11:00 a.m.

*IMMEDIATE RELEASE*
July 18, 2010
11:00 a.m. Release

The National Weather Service (NWS) currently reports the Baraboo River at 5.54 feet at the West Baraboo gauge. NWS hydrological predictions estimate the river cresting at 2.4 feet below flood stage sometime later today or early Monday morning.

Additional rainfall could affect these forecasts. City of Baraboo Emergency Management will continue to monitor for the potential of flooding, however, NWS predictions indicate a continuing decrease in flooding risk in the City of Baraboo.

Additional updates will be posted to the City of Baraboo Web Site, www.cityofbaraboo.com and through Nixle, www.nixle.com.

The City of Baraboo Public information Officer for this incident is:

Craig A. Olsen
Chief of Police, Deputy Emergency Management Director
City of Baraboo
135 4th St.
Baraboo, WI 53913

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UPDATED: Saturday, July 17, 2010 --- 5:30 p.m.
REPORTER: Chris Woodard

Water is already pushing over the banks at Swan Lake in Columbia County.

It's prompting an emergency no wake order from county officials and the threat of more rain has some along the shoreline worried the situation could get worse before it gets better.

Long before reaching the Swan Lake shoreline boaters in Columbia County get a warning. No wake signs line the road

Nate Bergman drove up from Illinois to go fishing. He says, "Well we were going to come up and fish the Wisconsin River, didn't realize the river was so high, so we had to change plans."

Despite Bergman's change coming to Swan Lake doesn't get him away from high water.

Heavy rains Thursday pushed the Lake up over it's banks.

For now all homes appear to be well out of harms way but emergency no wake orders have been issued to protect the shoreline and keep boaters safe from docks and other dangers now hidden under water.

Indian Trials Campground canoe trips have even been forced to start in the lake.

Normally they launch their boats further upstream on the Fox River but high water is making that area impassable.

Camper Kevin Riordan was just here four weeks ago. He says, "I didn't think it would be this high. The docks over there you can't even put a boat in anymore."

Indian Trails owner Dave Schneider says the only time he's seen the water this high was in 2008 when we had the floods.

On a gorgeous Saturday a lake usually crowded with speed boaters and people fishing is eerily quiet.

There's no question that the slow no wake ordinance is keeping boaters away. While we were there the parking lot was basically empty and we saw one trailer come in, take a look at the no wake sign, turn around and leave.

Schneider says, "Otherwise yeah, the lot would be full. There would be cars parked all the way up the road."

Whether a visitor or someone who lives along the lake the hope for all is that the water drops as quickly as possible.

Today a slow/no wake was also ordered for the Wisconsin River from Wisconsin Dells downstream to Lake Wisconsin.

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UPDATED Saturday, July 17, 2010 --- 12:01 p.m.

*IMMEDIATE RELEASE*
July 17, 2010
9:00 a.m. Release

City of Baraboo Emergency Management is continuing to monitor for the potential of flooding due to the predicted rise of the Baraboo River. The National Weather Service currently reports the Baraboo River at 5.48 feet at the West Baraboo gauge. NWS hydrological predictions estimate the river cresting at 7 feet on Sunday July 18, 2010. This level is approximately 2 feet below flood stage for the City of Baraboo.

The National Weather Service reports the continued possibility of some localized thunderstorms which could have an impact on the potential of flooding. The ground is saturated with water and one to three inches of additional rain fall would cause dramatic changes in river level predictions.

Additional updates will be posted to the City of Baraboo Web Site, www.cityofbaraboo.com and through Nixle, www.nixle.com.

The City of Baraboo Public information Officer for this incident is:

Craig A. Olsen
Chief of Police, Deputy Emergency Management Director
City of Baraboo
135 4th St.
Baraboo, WI 53913
Phone: 608-355-2720

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UPDATED: Friday, July 16, 2010 --- 9:20 p.m.
REPORTER: Chris Woodard

Tonight people in Rock Springs are keeping a close eye on the forecast knowing any major rainfall could cause flooding.

Near Devils Lake State Park the damage has already been done.

In Rock Springs they've dodged a bullet for now but they aren't out of the woods yet and evidence of the water's power can be seen just a few miles away.

For two days all eyes have been on the Baraboo River.

Water is well over it's banks and inching toward a downtown area devastated by floods just two years ago.

Rock Springs Village President Marvin Holtz made the call not to sandbag and says they're expecting the river to top out tomorrow night without any major problems.

He says, "It is a relief. It is a relief not to have that battle to see if you can salvage what you've already reconditioned."

Any rain Saturday will cause some nervous moments because the one thing that could cause flooding problems now is a heavy rainfall. But at this point no major storms are expected.

Holtz says, "A couple inches or three inches (is OK), but when you're into the 5 and 10 inch rains then it's difficult to gage what you're up against."

15 miles away at Parfrey's Glen the damage is already done.

Trails are covered by moving water forcing the park to close.

Devil's Lake Park Superintendent Steve Schmelzer says, "We decided it might be unsafe for the public to come up into the trail area."

The high water is creating it's own path over the trail. Normally it's supposed to enter a pipe, run underneath the trail, and exit the other side without causing any problems.

Schmelzer says, "Further upstream it's plugged almost all the way."

Other parts of the trail are actually washed away. In some spots the water carved grooves a couple feet deep for stretches 50 yards long.

A temporary bridge replaced after the floods of 2008 is also washed away.

Only two years after a 100 year flood many are once again watching the waters hoping for no more rain.

At Parfrey's Glenn the question they're debating now is whether it's even worth fixing the problems temporarily again or just moving forward with the permanent changes they've been developing since all the flooding of 2008.

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UPDATED Friday, July 16, 2010---10:33 a.m.

WRIGHTSTOWN, Wis. (AP) -- More than two dozen people were evacuated from a Brown County campground because of flooding.

Heavy rain this week caused a creek that runs through the Apple Creek Campground to flood. The water was 5 feet deep in some areas of the campground.

Apple Creek manager Pam Packee says most campers were in RVs. She says the campground last flooded some 20 years ago.

The campers were evacuated Thursday after nearly 2 inches of rain fell in the Green Bay area.

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UPDATED Thursday, July 15, 2010 --- 5:15 p.m.

Click the video link above to see incredible flooding video out of Milwaukee.

Click the Photo tab above to see pictures from Rock Springs, including a washed out pedestrian footbridge.

A rising river had some people on edge in Sauk County. But good news came Thursday afternoon as the out look was revised.

It connected the two sides of the Baraboo River. But Thursday morning residents of Rock Springs woke to find it in two separate pieces.

One half just feet from it's original position the other down stream.

" I was very anxious to get here today and check out what I have. "

Two years ago Edward Buck's property was under three feet of water.

Now, his property has been remolded and the only reminder he has of '08 is a door that still has the water line.

Buck says, "This is our water line. 39 Inches above the floor."

Buck wasn't the only one in early to see what if anything needed to be done.

" Oh I didn't sleep much. Stayed up pacing."

Norma Jean LeMoine is the Library Director. Back in '08 the building had just been renovated when the flood hit.

She was in 8-hours early to see if history was repeating itself.

She says, " I was here quite early because I couldn't sleep and I wanted to see how high the river was. "

By noon things were looking up. Sand bagging planned by Sauk County Emergency Management was canceled.

A welcome sign to all those who remember what happened in the not so distant past.

Marvin Holtz, the village's President says, " It is a relief because you don't have the volume of water that can be associated with the damage that we had received previously."

The Baraboo River doesn't hit flood stage until about 18.5 feet in Rock Springs.

According to Sauk County Emergency Management they expect the river to to be about two-to-three feet above flood stage when it crests Sunday morning.

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From the State of Wisconsin:
News: Situation Report #5 on Severe Weather, July 15, 2010
Date: July 15, 2010 - 4:15 p.m.

OVERVIEW - Regional Directors from Wisconsin Emergency Management have been reaching out to local, tribal and county emergency management offices today to assess the damage from last night's storms. Severe storms, hail, possible tornadoes, straight-line winds and flash flooding occurred around the state - some areas received 2-6 inches of rain.

Flood warnings remain in effect for the Baraboo, Fox, Spring Creek and Kickapoo Rivers.

National Weather Service Damage Assessment Teams are viewing storm damage today throughout western Wisconsin to determine if the damage was caused by tornadoes or straight-line winds. The NWS Office in LaCrosse is reporting that an EF-1 tornado occurred last night in Jackson and Clark Counties causing mainly downed trees and power lines. Additional damage assessments reports will be issued later today.

Highway 12 near the Monroe/Jackson County line was washed out approximately one mile south of Woodland Road in Jackson County. The closure remains in effect until July 26 due to required repairs. Traffic is being re-rerouted.

Below are the latest damage reports as of 3:30 p.m.:

Adams County - Many downed trees and power lines. No significant damage reported.

Bayfield County - One of the county's communications towers was struck by lightning late yesterday afternoon, causing major damage to the building's electrical system and equipment including a radio repeater, duplexers and a generator. Bayfield County has insurance to cover the damages.

Brown County - Flooding led to the evacuation of the Apple Creek Campground in the town of Wrightstown. Twenty-eight campers and employees left the site after Apple Creek crested its banks.

Buffalo County - Wind damage was reported on the east side of the county. Downed trees and minor washouts were reported on several county roads. Crews are repairing the roads today.

Chippewa County - Minor damages to structures from falling trees and fires from lightning strikes.

Columbia County - No significant damage reported. Ongoing assessment as of this morning. Concerns of high water levels for Swan Lake and concerned with the Cambria Dam and current flow capacity.

Forest County and Potawatomi Tribe - Reports of a few trees and power lines down. No major damage or injuries.

Jackson County - Flash flooding caused many road closures in the southern portion of the county.

Kenosha County - The morning storm produced heavy rains of more than 3". The area just east of the airport suffered a power outage when five poles were blown down and a transformer exploded.

Langlade County - Several reports of trees and power lines down, but all roads are passable as of this morning and power is being restored. No major damages or injuries reported.

Lincoln County - Widespread reports of downed trees and power lines. Several reports of localized flooding. All roads were reported as passable with power restoration underway. No major damage or injuries reported.

Marathon County - Widespread tree and power line damage. Localized flooding with some street and road damage. No major damage or injuries.

Marinette County - Reports of a few trees and power lines down. No major damage or injuries.

Menominee County & Tribe - Trees and power lines down but all power has been restored. No major damage or injuries.

Milwaukee County - The county was affected primarily by heavy rains during the second set of storms. The 24-hour rainfall total was 3" - 4.45". This rain produced localized flooding at underpasses and other areas where storm drains were covered or clogged. Overall, the county received calls reporting street catch basins flooding, forestry calls to remove trees and calls that trees were down. Additionally, 380 homes were impacted by flooding.

Monroe County - Flash flooding caused many road closures in the northern portion of the county.

Oconto County - A few trees and power lines were down.

Oneida County - Minor tree damage and some power lines were down.

Ozaukee County - Power outages were reported.

Pierce County - Structural damage in the Ellsworth area includes two destroyed homes, 10 with major damage, 13 with minor damage and 25 homes affected.

Portage County - Reports of a few trees and power lines down. Some localized road flooding, but no major damage or injuries.

Richland County - Village of Yuba experienced localized flooding. Sandbag operations have provided protective measures to the fire department and downtown area. Minor flooding to one area business and home reported. Minor flooding in the Town of Henrietta. Most damage reported at this time has been minor wash outs: culverts, roads, shoulders. More assessment on-going at this time.

Sauk County - The Baraboo River is at moderate to severe flooding levels near Rock Springs. Sauk County Emergency Management has cancelled a sandbagging operation in Rock Springs, but is continuing to monitor the river.

Shawano County and Stockbridge Tribe - Several reports of trees and power lines down, but all roads are reported as passable.

St. Croix County - Over 30 homes were damaged, two with major damage, one with minor damage and the rest affected by the storm. NWS visiting St. Croix this afternoon to see if damage in Hammond was due to tornado or straight line winds. County officials estimate debris clearance at $10,000.

Taylor County - the Taylor County Dispatch Center went down during the storm, but a dispatcher moved to a back-up site and resumed operations. The dispatch center is functional again this morning but is not fully operational. The electronic control center for the jail is down and locks are being operated manually.

Vernon County - A lot of trees down, heavy localized flooding. Several road closures overnight. Kickapoo River is very high. No significant damage reported.

Vilas County - Scattered reports of downed trees and power lines. All roads passable and no major damage or injuries.

Washington County - The second set of storms caused lightning-related fires. There was flooding in low lying areas over the roads.

Waukesha County - The impact of the storm was restricted to flooding of ramps leading to I-94. Signage was deployed to the scene to assist in traffic flow.

Waushara County - There was flooding on Highway 21 and several county and local roads. Most of the water has receded. Some trees down and minor power outages.

Winnebago County - Flash flooding caused minor damage to about 20 homes in the Oshkosh area. The local chapter of the American Red Cross is providing assistance as well as clean up kits.

Wood County - Reports of widespread downed trees and power lines around the Pittsville area. Some minor damage to homes.

Wisconsin Emergency Management has not received any requests for assistance.

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UPDATED Thursday, July 15, 2010 --- 2:54 p.m.

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) -- About 5,000 people and businesses are without power in Kenosha and Somers after a strong storm moved through the area during the lunch hour.

WGTD-FM reports the storm snapped utility poles and sents limbs and whole trees crashing onto power lines and at least one vehicle.

The National Weather Service reports the high winds in town peaked at 58 mph. However, there were no reports of injuries.

The Kenosha County Sheriff's Department reports four or five utility poles were down southeast of the airport. Traffic was backed up after some signal lights went dark.

It was the second day of thunderstorms in the state and the city of Baraboo was bracing for possible flooding on the Baraboo River on Thursday night.

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UPDATED Thursday, July 15, 2010 --- 2:23 p.m.

Press Release from the City of Baraboo Emergency Management:

The City of Baraboo Emergency Management is preparing for possible flooding due to the predicted rise of the Baraboo River by the National Weather Service. Current reports put the Baraboo River at 5.831 feet. The river will rise starting at 8:00 pm this evening due to heavy rains upstream and it is predicted that the river will crest at 9.77 feet on Sunday July 18, 2010 in the afternoon.

Emergency Management is preparing notifications for residents who may be impacted and updates will be posted to the City of Baraboo Web Site and through NIXLE. Future media release will be completed daily or sooner if the situation changes.

Notifications of closure and availability of resources will be made through NIXLE and The City of Baraboo Web Site at www.cityofbaraboo.com. For anyone who would like to receive NIXLE notifications through their computer or cell phone they may go the following web site and sign up: https://local.nixle.com/register/.

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UPDATED Thursday, July 15, 2010 --- 12:20 p.m.

Sauk Co. Emergency Management tells us the sandbagging operation today in Rock Springs has been cancelled. They will continue to monitor the Baraboo River.

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UPDATED Thursday, July 15, 2010 --- 11:50 a.m.

Authorities in the town of Rock Springs are keeping a close eye on the Baraboo River today. Rock Springs was hit hard by the major floods of June 2008, but county and local officials are optimistic the latest rainfall won't bring similar problems.

Flood stage is 18.5 feet. Right now the river is over 17 feet. It is expected to crest over flood stage, and will likely reach just under 21 feet on Sunday, which is about seven feet lower than its 2008 high point.

The village president says he's confident the main roads in town won't flood, but it is too early to tell.

The town has seen minimal damage so far, but a pedestrian footbridge did break apart, half of it washing into the river.

At 1 p.m. some people will start sandbagging in the area, targeting the parts of town most likely to face high water.

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UPDATED Thursday, July 15, 2010 --- 6:35 a.m.

HUDSON, Wis. (AP) -- A second wave of storms has moved through Wisconsin, damaging buildings, flattening trees, causing flooding and leaving thousands without power.

The State Emergency Operations Center says the storms damaged homes in St. Croix County, Pierce County and Clark County. The center says damage to a home in Pierce County may have been caused by a tornado.

In Baldwin, the National Weather Service reported that two tractor-trailers were blown off the road.

Trees were down in several areas.

There were no reports of deaths, but the Wausau Daily Herald reported that a man had been hit by lightning there and his condition wasn't known.

We Energies says some 10,000 customers lost service at the peak of the storm. About 7,200 remain without power. Wisconsin Public Service says more than 20,000 customers are without power.

The storms caused road and street closures throughout Wisconsin because of heavy flooding.

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UPDATED Thursday, July 15, 2010 ---- 3:30 a.m.

From the State of Wisconsin:
News: Situation Report #4 on Severe Weather, July 15, 2010
Date: July 15, 2010 - 3:30 a.m.

OVERVIEW - With word from the National Weather Service (NWS) that the bulk of this evening's storms is behind us and that additional severe weather is not expected, the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) closed down at 3:00 a.m.

NWS has dropped its severe thunderstorm warnings and does not expect to renew any tornado watches. The EOC activation level was reduced from Level 3 to Level 4, with the Duty Officer continuing to observe this storm system over the course of the night.

A flash flood warning will stay in effect for Milwaukee and Waukesha counties until 4:00 a.m. Showers will continue from Sauk County heading east until about 9:00 a.m. when the storm system leaves the state.

The WEM Duty Officer reported having being advised earlier in the evening by the State Patrol that Highway 12 near Tomah is closed due to high water. The closure is in the Township of Lincoln between Blaze and Cinder streets.

Regional directors will contact the counties in the morning for an assessment of damages that may have occurred over the night.

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UPDATED Thursday, July 15, 2010 --- 12:45 a.m.

From the State of Wisconsin:
News: Situation Report #3 on Severe Weather, July 15, 2010
Date: July 15, 2010 - 12:00 a.m.

OVERVIEW - The National Weather Service has reported that the first line of Wednesday night's storms has passed through Wisconsin, but that a second wave of storms has entered the state, bringing the potential for isolated tornadoes, damaging thunderstorm winds, large hail and heavy rains. This second line of storms extends from the Wausau area to La Crosse to northcentral Iowa, and is sagging southeast as it moves through Wisconsin overnight.

The northwest third of Wisconsin is expected to remain quiet for the rest of the night.

Severe thunderstorm warnings are in place for all or portions of Columbia, Dane, Green Lake, Marquette, Portage, Richland, Sauk, Vernon, Waupaca and Waushara Counties until differing overnight hours.

Flash flood warnings are in place for all or portions of Calumet, Jackson, Juneau, Marathon, Monroe, Outagamie, Portage, Winnebago and Wood Counties until differing overnight hours.

An urban and small stream flood advisory has been issued for Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette and Sheboygan Counties until 1:30 a.m. It is possible that an urban and small stream flood advisory could be issued for Columbia, Dodge, Ozaukee, Sauk and Washington Counties as the second wave of storms move westward.

Below are the latest damage reports as of 12:00 a.m.:

- Pierce County has reported serious damage to a home from a possible tornado. Fires caused by lightning strikes have been reported in Brown, Door and Washington Counties. Clark County has reported property damage to cabins and other residences.

- Trees are down in Brown, Clark, Door, Jackson, Ozaukee, Pierce, Sheboygan, Washington and Winnebago Counties and at Fort McCoy.

- Power outages have been reported in Clark, Jackson, Ozaukee and Washington Counties.

- Flooding has been reported in Brown, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Sheboygan and Winnebago Counties.

Wisconsin Emergency Management has not received any requests for assistance.

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UPDATED Wednesday, July 14, 2010 --- 8:25 p.m.

From the State of Wisconsin:
News: Situation Report #2 on Severe Weather, July 14, 2010
Date: July 14, 2010 - 8:00 p.m.

OVERVIEW - Severe weather continues to move through Wisconsin and is expected to affect the State until the early morning hours. The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Madison is actively monitoring the storms, with staff from Wisconsin Emergency Management and the Wisconsin National Guard Joint Operations Center in attendance. No injuries have been reported at this time.

We have received multiple reports of localized flooding, due in part to heavy rains of 4-5 inches in some areas. Downed trees and power lines have also been reported in numerous areas. The National Weather Service expects that the energy level of the storm will diminish after midnight, but that the storm will still be capable of producing isolated tornadoes, damaging thunderstorm winds and large hail until morning.

Several counties are under warnings and watches for severe weather and tornadoes. Most of the state is expected to be impacted by the severe weather tonight. The National Weather Service is forecasting a chance for tornadoes, straight-line winds, hail, heavy rains and flash flooding for much of the state throughout the evening.

Below are the latest damage reports as of 8:00 p.m.:

-- Marathon County - Scattered trees and power lines down, localized flooding and residential lightning strikes. Downed trees and power outages are also reported in Calumet, Lincoln, Waupaca and Wood Counties.
-- Outagamie County is partially activating their EOC in response to localized flooding in Appleton, Greenville and Kaukauna. The storm is still active in the area, and additional rainfall is expected. There is no request for state assistance at this time.
-- Trempealeau County is reporting two possible tornado touchdowns, strong winds and widespread heavy rain. Several trees are down in the towns of Hale and Pigeon, but no structural damage or injuries have been reported.

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UPDATED Wednesday, July 14, 2010 --- 7:55 p.m.

HUDSON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin residents are beginning to clean up after a line of storms moved east through the state, damaging buildings, flattening trees and causing a few power outages.

The State Emergency Operations Center in Madison has been activated and staff from the Wisconsin National Guard were on hand to monitor the storms.

The center says the storms hit an area outside of Hammond in St. Croix County, damaging about 30 homes -- two seriously. In nearby Baldwin, the National Weather Service reported that two tractor-trailers were blown off the road.

The weather service also reported a tornado touched down in west Fort McCoy in Monroe County, but police there say it's not clear if it was high winds or a tornado that downed several trees. There were no reports of injuries.

There were no reports of deaths, but the Wausa Daily Herald reported that a man had been hit by lightning there and his condition wasn't known.

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Posted Wednesday, July 14, 2010 --- 5:40 p.m.

Press Release from the State of Wisconsin:

OVERVIEW - Severe weather has been moving across Wisconsin causing some damage. No report of injuries at this time. The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Madison has been activated to monitor the storms. Staff from Wisconsin Emergency Management and the Wisconsin National Guard Joint Operations Center are in the EOC.

Several counties are under warnings and watches for severe weather and tornadoes. Most of the state is expected to be impacted by the severe weather tonight. The National Weather Service is forecasting a chance for tornadoes, straight-line winds, hail, heavy rains and flash flooding for much of the state throughout the evening.

Below are the latest damage reports as of 4:30 p.m.

St. Croix County - Storms hit an area outside of Hammond damaging about 30 homes. Two of the homes sustained major damage, 1 minor, and the rest were effected.
Sawyer County - Crews are cleaning up after storms downed trees and power lines. There are also reports of some homes damaged.

Downed trees and power outages are also reported in Burnett and Washburn Counties.

Wisconsin Emergency Management Regional Directors are in contact with their county emergency directors to gather storm reports and offer any state assistance. Fire Services Coordinator Keith Tveit is also ready to respond with WEM response equipment.

For further information, contact Wisconsin Emergency Management at 608-242-3232.


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