Storms hit hard again, state goes from bad to worse - Interstates closed
Baraboo and Grant County are the latest to declare local emergency status, after another night of storms and flooding in southern Wisconsin.
State officials said at least one home in Grant County was destroyed by a tornado and several others were lost to flooding and other wind damage.
Potosi and Tennyson were among the hardest-hit places in Grant County, the state's most southwestern county.
Many back roads are impassable and numerous bridges have been washed away. Rescuers in both Grant County and Baraboo saved numerous people who were trapped in their vehicles.
In Baraboo, the tourist duck boats from nearby Wisconsin Dells helped save a number of folks.
The National Weather Service says 18 places in southern Wisconsin have record flooding today (Friday), after up to five-inches of rain hit the region Thursday and Thursday night.
Thousands lose power
Wisconsin Public Service of Green Bay says power has been restored to almost all of the 17,000 who lost it.
About 450 customers in Green Bay were still in the dark this morning. The utility says most of its customers will get their juice back by mid-morning.
Power in Two Rivers won't be restored until early afternoon.
Eastern Wisconsin takes blow
East central Wisconsin got the brunt of Thursday's heavy rain-and-wind storms.
Almost five-inches of rain fell in Oshkosh and Green Lake. Authorities in Green Lake County are telling people to stay off the roads, because there are just too many highways and bridges that are washed out or blocked by trees.
Highway 44 is closed between Ripon and Oshkosh and a bridge is out on Highway 73 in Green Lake County.
In Oshkosh, boaters helped rescue people from flooded out cars. Officials said about three-fourths of that city was underwater last night.
In Fond du Lac, about 20 miles to the south, police said almost all the city was under at least two-feet of water last evening. Folks in the region wonder what it will do to the Fox River.
Officials in Oshkosh said it hit the flood stage of 13-feet Thursday, but serious flooding won't happen until it hits 16-feet - which could happen over the next few days.
All of southern Wisconsin got pounded again Thursday. Madison had over two-and-a-half inches of rain.
NWS officials said that there were nine tornadoes, but not all were confirmed. They won't know the real extent of the storms until today.
Meanwhile, isolated thunderstorms are in today's forecast for Fond du Lac and southern Wisconsin. Drier weather is predicted for the weekend.
A flash flood watch remains in effect until 7 p.m. today for southeast and south central Wisconsin.
If you are heading to Chicago from the Twin Cities area the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is recommending motorists take Highway 29 to Green Bay and then take I-43 to I-94 in Milwaukee.
DOT officials report that the Wisconsin State Patrol have closed several parts of the Interstate in southern Wisconsin.
DOT and State Patrol officials have closed I-39 northbound, I-90/94 westbound at Highway 151 (Exit 135 - Madison) due to rising water at I-90/94 westbound at the Baraboo River (Highway 33).
Here is a list of other closings:
- I-90/94 eastbound at WIS 82 in Juneau County
- I-39 southbound at WIS 82 in Marquette County
- I-94 westbound at the Crawfish River Bridge west of Johnson Creek
Officials are strongly urging motorists not to travel in the south central part of Wisconsin due to many flooded state and local highways.