Gov. Tony Evers has declared a state of emergency across Wisconsin, as heavy rain and melting snow flood roads, fields and communities. Evers issued the declaration as an executive order Friday afternoon. It directs all state agencies to assist with response and recovery. It also authorizes Major General Donald Dunbar to activate Wisconsin National Guard units as he deems necessary.
Rapid snowmelt and rain have caused flooding that has impacted homes, businesses, and cities and towns across Wisconsin. Today I declared a State of Emergency to provide additional personnel and resources as needed to assist in emergency response and recovery operations. pic.twitter.com/i3xXDlLQqp
— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) March 15, 2019
Flooding has rendered several highways impassable in the state. The National Weather Service says the Milwaukee River near Cedarburg, as well as the Sheboygan River at Sheboygan and Spring Creek at Lodi have all reached record high levels.
Flood warnings continue. Do not drive through water over roads. You don't know the depth or the road quality beneath. Check https://t.co/TlpFOI8yZj for closures, road conditions and more. #wiwx pic.twitter.com/glE8pKagwe
— Wisconsin DOT (@WisconsinDOT) March 16, 2019
Rescuers in Fond du Lac had to move residents to higher ground after flooding along the Fond du Lac River. Flooding along the East River in Green Bay has forced some residents to evacuate, and Green Bay schools were closed on Friday.