Gov. Walker declares state of emergency due to flooding

A strong current pushes a boat over a dam in Hatfield. (Photo: WAOW)
A strong current pushes a boat over a dam in Hatfield. (Photo: WAOW)

MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – Gov. Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency in 13 Wisconsin counties after flooding killed at least one person.

A house was destroyed in a mudslide Thursday in Vernon County, where authorities later recovered the body of 53-year-old Michael McDonald.

“We are saddened by the news of a fatality,” Gov. Walker said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the citizens of western Wisconsin affected by the storm as they recover.”

More than 10 inches of rain has fallen across western Wisconsin this week.

The following counties are under a state of emergency: Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark, Columbia, Crawford, Eau Claire, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, Trempealeau and Vernon.

The Wisconsin National Guard and other state agencies have been asked to help the affected areas.

 

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