NORTHEAST WISCONSIN (WBAY) - Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has declared a State of Emergency for flooding that has devastated several communities in Northeast Wisconsin and beyond.
The declaration makes state agencies and the Wisconsin National Guard available to help agencies on the local front. They can help with emergency response and operations.
“Many residents and communities across our state have been responding to flooding that has impacted homes, businesses, and cities and towns across Wisconsin,” Governor Evers said. “The warm temperatures and rain the last few days have caused much of the heavy snowpack and ice to melt resulting in flooding, ice jams, and rivers and creeks to rise. I would like to thank all the first responders who have been helping those in need.”
Gov. Evers visited Appleton Friday where he praised the efforts of local rescue crews.
In the greater Green Bay area, an eight-block radius along the East River was evacuated due to flooding.
Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt has issued an emergency declaration for these areas: Cass St., John St., and Kimball and E to John St., and Eliza St. East of Goodell St., South along Suydam St. to Emilie St.
These areas are closed until further notice. Electricity is flowing and water is presumed to be "electrically charged," according to the mayor's office.
"These areas cannot be de-energized without affecting homes outside of the flood area," reads the mayor's emergency declaration.
Brown County's executive has also issued a disaster declaration. A number of roads are closed in the county due to flooding. CLICK HERE for more information.
Manitowoc County's Executive has also signed an emergency declaration for flooding near Shoto Dam.
In Fond du Lac, ice jams caused flooding that forced people out of their homes Thursday and early Friday. Waters have receded, but some people have not been able to return home.