Severe Storms: Damage Reports From Wisconsin

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- For the third consecutive day, the Milwaukee Health Department has run out of emergency flood cleanup kits for residents who are trying to dry out wet basements after last week's heavy rains.

WDJT-TV reports the department handed out 2,780 cleanup kits Sunday -- in less than three hours. Officials also ran out of the kits Friday and Saturday.

Authorities are expecting another emergency load of kits this week.

Thursday's storms dumped nearly 6 inches of rain in roughly two hours. The rain flooded Milwaukee County streets and caused an estimated $28 million in damage. Gov. Jim Doyle declared a state of emergency in the county.

Some rivers in Wisconsin are still rising and certain areas are under a flood warning. Those areas include the Rock River at Jefferson, and the Fox River at New Munster.

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City of Sun Prairie is no longer requesting water restrictions; water levels have returned to acceptable levels.

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UPDATED Saturday, July 24, 2010 --- 1:40 p.m.

Storms caused $28M in damage in Milwaukee County

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The rainstorms that flooded Milwaukee County streets and tore open a giant sink hole in one intersection caused an estimated $28 million in damage.

A declaration disaster from County Executive Scott Walker estimates that Thursday's torrential rains caused more than $10 million in damage to public property and another $18 million to private property.

The storms dumped nearly 6 inches of rain in as little as two hours. That backed up drainage systems and caused several rivers to overrun their banks.

Flood warnings continued Saturday morning for rivers throughout southern Wisconsin.

Gov. Jim Doyle declared a state of emergency in Milwaukee County on Friday. He plans to tour affected areas Saturday, including the intersection where the sink hole swallowed an SUV.

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OVERVIEW - Latest damage reports as of 5:00 a.m.: (From The State Of Wisconsin)

Weather - Flash flood warnings are in effect for Grant, Lafayette, Iowa and Green counties.

Flood warnings continue for rivers in the following counties:

* Fond du Lac County: South Branch Rock River at Waupun
* Kenosha and Lake Counties: Fox River near New Munster
* Jefferson County: Rock River at Jefferson; Rock River at Watertown; Crawfish River at Milford
* Milwaukee County: Root River at Franklin; Oak Creek at South Milwaukee
* Racine County: Fox River at Burlington; Root River at Racine; Root River Canal at Raymond
* Rock County: Rock River at Afton
* Sauk County: Baraboo River near Baraboo
* Waukesha County: Fox River at Waukesha

Grant County - Water partially over roadway in north and southbound lanes of State 151 at Southwest Road. Road is passable; Platteville Fire Dept. is slowing and directing traffic.

Substantial flooding damages are being reported in southern Grant County, including areas south of Lancaster (Potosi, Dickeyville, Platteville, Hazel Green and Cuba City). Numerous secondary town roads have been closed. County Highways B and O are closed.

Several households in the rural Potosi area (British Hollow) have been evacuated by boat. Grant County EOC will be partially open Saturday morning for damage assessment and coordination with municipalities. EOC incoming line: 608-723-7171.

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

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News: Situation Report #7 on Severe Weather (From the State of Wisconsin)
Date: July 23, 2010, 10:45 p.m.

OVERVIEW - Latest damage reports as of 10:45 p.m.:

Milwaukee County - County Executive Scott Walker issued a Declaration of a Major Disaster for Milwaukee County on Friday, July 23. The declaration cites Thursday's severe thunderstorms and torrential rains in excess of 5.7 inches as causing estimated private sector damages in excess of $18 million, and estimated public sector damage of more than $10 million.

City of Milwaukee - Mayor Tom Barrett issued a Proclamation of Local Emergency for the city of Milwaukee on Friday, July 23. The proclamation cites severe damage to private and public property from Thursday's rains and flooding.

The State Office Building at 819 N. 6th Street in Milwaukee is expected to reopen on Monday. The state Department of Administration has instructed Milwaukee state office employees to plan to return to work Monday.

Weather - According to the National Weather Service, more heavy rains are expected Friday evening as thunderstorms become more numerous into the early morning hours Saturday. These storms are expected to produce up to 3 inches of rain, adding to standing water which remains from Thursday's heavy rains.

The heavy rainfall over the next 24 hours will only worsen the flash flood threat. A flash flood watch remains in effect for all of south central and southeast Wisconsin through mid-morning Saturday. Many rivers and streams will exceed or are expected to exceed flood stage in the next 24 hours.

The National Weather Service has confirmed four tornadoes in Wisconsin Thursday. The strongest, with winds between 115 and 120 mph, occurred around 7:02 p.m. in the Big Bend area of Waukesha County. A second tornado, with winds around 90 mph, occurred in the Whitewater area of Walworth County. Jefferson County experienced two tornadoes, with winds between 65 and 70 mph, in Fort Atkinson and Cold Spring.

FEMA - A representative from FEMA is expected to arrive at the EOC in Madison on Saturday to monitor the situation.

Mitchell Airport - Mitchell Airport has reopened, but is seeing delays with arrivals and departures. The airport recommends that customers affected by the delays contact their airlines for the latest information. The airport's website indicates that most delays will be cleared up by Saturday.

WE Energies - One hundred seventy power outages were reported as of 8:30 p.m., meaning approximately 1,100 customers remained without power. Sixty hazards, such as downed power lines or trees in contact with power lines, were also reported. A WE Energies spokesperson said that, with favorable weather conditions, power could be restored to Milwaukee's north side by 4 a.m. Saturday and by 8 a.m. for customers in Fort Atkinson, Delafield and Waukesha.

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

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UPDATE From the National Weather Service -- 1:30 p.m.

EF0 Tornado (Enhanced Fujita Scale) in the Fort Atkinson area of Jefferson County, 48 miles west of downtown Milwaukee. The EF0 scale runs from 65-85 mph, this tornado is rated at 65-70 mph.
* Tornado path was about 2.7 miles in length
* Max width 75 Yards
* 65-70 MPH winds
* Started at 615 PM - 6.6 miles SW of Fort Atkinson
* Ended at 620 PM - 5.3 miles S of Fort Atkinson
* Damage mostly to tree limbs. No structural damage found.

EF0 Tornado (Enhanced Fujita Scale) in the Cold Spring area of Jefferson County, 48 miles west of downtown Milwaukee. The EF0 scale runs from 65-85 mph, this tornado is rated at 65-70 mph.
* Tornado path was about 4 miles in length
* Max width 75 Yards
* 65-70 MPH winds
* Started at 626 PM - 2.7 miles SW of Cold Spring
* Ended at 634 PM - 3.6 miles SE of Cold Spring
* Damage mostly to tree limbs. No structural damage found.

Members of the Midwest Storm Tracking and Response Center and personnel from this office are out doing surveys today:

Below is a list of the tornadoes reported to us and warned for during the evening of 7/22/2010, but no evidence of a tornado was found:

2NE Dane, Dane County - After survey, no evidence of a tornado
5N Madison, Dane County - After survey, no evidence of a tornado (new)
Ridgeway, Iowa County - After survey, no evidence of a tornado

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UPDATE From Dane County Emergency Management --- 12:00 p.m.
Storms in Dane County

There have been reports of sporadic storm damage and flooding across Dane County. Many low-lying areas were inundated with water from storms last night causing temporary, localized flooding. Sporadic power outages have been reported with the majority of electric service restored. The National Weather Service indicated that nearly four (4) inches of rain fell yesterday and they are predicting up to three (3) more inches by 7:00am Saturday. Dane County is currently under a flash flood watch until 10:00am Saturday.

Dane County Emergency Management is actively monitoring weather conditions approaching and in Dane County. Please monitor your local broadcast media or Internet site for current weather conditions

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News: Situation Report #5 on Severe Weather (From The State of Wisconsin)
Date: July 23, 2010, 12:30 p.m.

OVERVIEW - Latest damage reports as of 12:00 p.m.:

Governor's Office - Governor Jim Doyle today declared a State of Emergency in Milwaukee County following severe storms and flash flooding. The State of Emergency directs state agencies to assist local governments in recovering from this natural disaster. Wisconsin Emergency Management is working with local officials to begin assessing the damage and determining what resources would be needed to help speed response and recovery efforts. Local and state officials are continuing to work to get an accurate assessment of the damage and the resources needed to help speed recovery efforts.

Weather - The National Weather Service says Southern Wisconsin will continue to face heavy rain, flooding and damaging winds. An additional 1-3 inches of rain is expected tonight with localized precipitation up to 5 inches. Storms should start clearing out by Saturday night.

Columbia County - Two sand bag operations are ongoing. In the city of Columbus, 6 Huber inmates are assisting filling bags.

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

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News: Situation Report #4 on Severe Weather, July 23, 2010 (From the State of Wisconsin)
Date: July 23, 2010 - 10:40 a.m.

OVERVIEW - Latest damage reports as of 10:40 a.m.:

Milwaukee County - County Executive Scott Walker signed a Proclamation of Existence of a County Emergency at 10:30a.m. Several roads closed due to flooding in the City of Menomonee Falls, City of Delafield and the Town of Vernon.

City of Milwaukee - Milwaukee received 8in of rain on the north side and 6in of rain on the south side. There were 2,000 calls for backwater in basements, 144 incidents of surface/street flooding and 50 lids were blown off sewers. At Oakland and North streets a manhole cover collapsed, which caused a sinkhole. There were 70 EMS calls, 122 fire calls and the dive team was out all night. There was a lightening strike to one house and a lightening strike to 2 people. All beaches are closed through Sunday. There were 500 police calls - one was to evacuate 100 people from a Country Inn and Suites as the water went over the first floor and surrounded the hotel. There are two shelters open - one at GlenHills Middle School (which sheltered 89 people last night), and the other at 26th and Wisconsin (which sheltered 10 people). To get a clean-up kit or to report basement water backup call 414-286-CITY.

Washington County - Sandbagging is occurring in the following areas: Little Cedar Lake, Druid Lake, Friess Lake.

Crawford County - Highway 82 bridge over the Mississippi now open.

Southeast Wisconsin - WE Energies confirmed they have approx. 7616 customers without power.

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

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News: Situation Report #3 on Severe Weather, July 23, 2010 (From the State of Wisconsin)
Date: July 23, 2010 - 07:30 a.m.

OVERVIEW - Latest damage reports as of 7:00 a.m.:

Scattered storms are expected to continue today with strong storms this evening with possible heavy rain this evening across southern Wisconsin. The State Emergency Operations Center remains open to monitor the flooding situation. There has been no request for state assistance. Below is the latest information.

Milwaukee County – The Mayor of South Milwaukee has declared a State of Emergency as a result of the flooding. Mitchell Field remains closed until later this morning. Local officials are reporting numerous power outages. A Red Cross shelter was opened in Oak Creek. Whitefish Bay Village Hall sustained substantial damage due to flooding. Numerous roads are closed due to flooding.

Racine County - Racine County Sheriff reports that water is starting to collect on I-94 at Highway G in the northbound lanes.

Walworth County - Widespread power outage mostly northern portion of county including part of the county jail.. Numerous trees and wires down especially in northwest corner of county making many roads impassable. Receiving reports of flooding in some homes.

City of Milwaukee: The State Office Building at 819 N 6th Street is closed due to flooding. Employees are advised to contact their supervisor for further details. There are numerous reports of flooding. Two individuals were struck by lightning. No reports of any fatalities. All beaches will be closed through Sunday.

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

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News: Situation Report #2 on Severe Weather, July 22, 2010 (From the State of Wisconsin)
Date: July 22, 2010 - 10:00 p.m.

OVERVIEW - Flash flood warnings are in effect for Green, Grant, Kenosha, Racine, Walworth, Rock, Dodge, Washington, Dane, Iowa, Jefferson, Milwaukee, Waukesha and Sauk Counties.

Below are the latest damage reports as of 9:45 p.m.:

Jefferson County - Experiencing localized flooding, lightning strikes and power issues in Lake Mills, Johnson Creek, Watertown, Ixonia and Jefferson.

Dane County - Sun Prairie Police Department reports that all NB/SB of US 151 are blocked at Exit 101 (W. Main Street) due to complete road flooding.

Iowa County - Several reports of possible tornadoes.

Milwaukee County - I-43 northbound exit to Kilbourn Tunnel is closed at this time due to flooding. US-45 SB traffic at Hampton Avenue has been reopened. Localized flooding in Whitefish Bay, Shorewood and Wauwatosa. Whitefish Bay Village Hall is flooded and dispatch was moved. Miller Parkway south from I-94 is flooded and closed. Northshore Fire Department requested a MABAS Task Force from Div 119, Ozaukee County, to assist with reports of natural gas leaks.

City of Milwaukee - City Emergency Operations Center activated at 2000. They have fully activated the city call center staff (286 CITY). Mayor Barrett noted that some areas of the city saw up to 7.5 inches of rain over a two-hour period. Two people struck by lightning and taken to St. Luke's Medical Center. There is a sink hole at Oakland and North.

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

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UPDATED Thursday, July 22, 2010 --- 9:40 p.m.
From the Dodge County Office of Emergency Management:
Afternoon storms result in flooding across Dodge County

Due to the heavy rains in Dodge County many area roads are water covered and some township roads are closed.

The late afternoon and early evening rains have dropped significant rainfall over the area.

High water can cause your car to hydroplane and lose control or become stranded.

Motorists are urged to use extreme caution when traveling on county roads, if your travel is nonessential stay home until the waters recede.

Anyone driving down roads that have been posted as closed, or barricaded, will be doing so at their own risk and maybe ticketed. Dodge County did not have any wind related damage reports as a result of the afternoon and evening storms.

Further information will follow as highway crews begin assessing damages tomorrow morning.

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News: Situation Report #1 on Severe Weather (From the State of Wisconsin)
Date: July 22, 2010 - 7:45 p.m.

OVERVIEW - Numerous flash flood and tornado warnings are in effect for several counties across the state. Heavy rains, straight-line winds, possible tornadoes and flash flooding have been reported. No report of injuries have been received at this time.

The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Madison has been activated to monitor the storms. Staff from Wisconsin Emergency Management, the Wisconsin National Guard Joint Operations Center and Wisconsin State Patrol are in the EOC.

Tornado warnings are in effect in Iowa, Dane, Jefferson, Walworth and Waukesha Counties.

Below are the latest damage reports as of 7:00 p.m.:

Iowa County: Possible tornado touchdown outside of Dodgeville near Governor Dodge State Park. Emergency responders are heading to a multiple vehicle crash that may have been the result of high wind activity.

Winnebago County: Widespread flooding has been reported in Neenah, Oshkosh, Menasha and the Village of Winneconne. There is one report of an individual displaced from her home due to an estimated three feet of water in her basement; the Red Cross will provide emergency shelter for her tonight. Several roads are closed including parts of Highway 76. Standing water has been reported on Highway 116 north of Omro.

Milwaukee County: Nicolet High School in Milwaukee had a flooded basement and 16" on the main floor. I-43 is closed near Good Hope Road. Numerous streets are closed due to urban flooding. Milwaukee County Emergency Management has numerous reports of basement flooding and sewer backups.

Ozaukee County: Southbound I-43 is closed near Mequon Road. The alternate route is Highway 167.

Barge Accident:

At around 6:00 p.m., WEM reported that a fully loaded barge on the Mississippi River struck the State Highway 82 bridge that crosses from Wisconsin (Crawford County) to Iowa. The U.S. Coast Guard has shut the highway and bridge down indefinitely pending a full inspection of the bridge. There have been no requests for state or National Guard assistance.

For further information, contact Wisconsin Emergency Management at 608-242-3292.

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Posted Thursday, July 22, 2010 --- 7:05 p.m.

WHITEWATER, Wis. (AP) -- The National Weather Service says it has numerous reports of tornado touchdowns in southern Wisconsin and as a strong storm moves east through the state.

The weather says it has damage reports from near Whitewater and along the Jefferson and Walworth county line. It did not immediately release details of the damage.

The weather service is recommending that people in the Whitewater, Palmyra, North Pairie, Eagle and Troy Center areas take cover in an interior room of a sturdy building.

The weather service also says trained weather spotters reported a tornado about seven miles northeast of Dodgeville. That storm is also moving east.

Tornado warnings were issued for west-central Dane County and central Iowa County, both in south-central Wisconsin.

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