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Wisconsin State Emergency Operations Center

When an emergency occurs, each state agency carries out its responsibilities independent of other agencies. The activities of state agencies must be closely coordinated if the state is to respond effectively. The purpose of the State Emergency Operations Center is to facilitate that coordination.

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The EOC status is currently Level 5.
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Flooding Response Update 17

Situation Report # 17, 7/28/2017,

Weather

Conditions should be dry for the next few days. The next possible storm system would be Tuesday afternoon across northern Wisconsin and a chance for showers in southern Wisconsin in the evening.

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Flooding Response Update 16

Situation Report # 16, 7/27/2017,

Weather
Another round of storms will move across Wisconsin on Wednesday. The Storm Prediction Center has all of southern Wisconsin in a Slight Risk for severe storms with threat of large hail, strong winds and isolated tornado. The Southwest area looks to have the greatest threat for high rainfall amounts. Expected amounts are between 1/2 to 1 inch of rain but some areas could see higher amounts.

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Flooding Response Update 15

Situation Report # 15, 7/26/2017,

Weather Thunderstorms will continue to move overnight across the state, especially southern Wisconsin. There is a chance for brief, heavy rain. Tomorrow there could be isolated showers in northern Wisconsin. Dry conditions are in the forecast for the next few days.

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Flooding Response Update 14

Situation Report # 14, 7/25/2017,

Weather

Severe thunderstorms are expected in northwest and west central Wisconsin tonight. The main threat is damaging winds and hail. Tomorrow, expect another round of storms focusing on southern Wisconsin with the threat of hail, strong winds and possible isolated tornado. There is also a threat for heavy rain. Many areas could receive ½ o 1 inch of rain but some areas could see more if storms slow down or move over the same area.

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Flooding Response Update 13

Situation Report # 13, 7/24/2017,

Weather
Another round of storms will move across Wisconsin on Wednesday. The Storm Prediction Center has all of southern Wisconsin in a Slight Risk for severe storms with threat of large hail, strong winds and isolated tornado. The Southwest area looks to have the greatest threat for high rainfall amounts. Expected amounts are between 1/2 to 1 inch of rain but some areas could see higher amounts.

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Flooding Response Update 12

Situation Report # 12, 7/23/2017,

Weather

With the exception of some thunderstorms in Walworth and Kenosha Counties, most the southern Wisconsin avoided additional rainfall on Sunday. The National Weather Service says another round of rain and possible storms is expected Tuesday starting in northwest Wisconsin, moving into the southern part of the state Wednesday into Thursday morning. Flood warnings remain in effect for the Baraboo, Rock, Pecatonica, Sugar, Turtle Creek, Kickapoo, Trempealeau and Fox Rivers.

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Flooding Response Update 11

Situation Report # 11, 7/22/2017,

Weather

Thunderstorms are expected in northern Wisconsin by early evening, then drift south, possibly reaching southern Wisconsin toward midnight. The storms could be strong enough to produce severe weather over the northern half of the state this evening, but should weaken or dissipate by the time they reach the wet areas in southern Wisconsin. Conditions in southern Wisconsin should be dry through Tuesday with cooler temperatures, with the next chance for rain on Wednesday.

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Flooding Response Update 10

Situation Report # 10, 7/21/2017,

Weather

Light to moderate rainfall has moved through southern Wisconsin today with estimates of 0.10" to 0.50" falling so far. This has helped to push the more concerning air mass further south into Iowa and Illinois. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has just been issued for the far southern row of counties in Wisconsin including: Lafayette, Green, Rock, Walworth, Racine and Kenosha counties.

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Flooding Response Update 9

Situation Report # 9, 7/20/2017,

Weather
A line of thunderstorms moved through parts of the region during the later afternoon and evening of July 19. The storm produced damaging wind gusts over parts of southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa into southwest Wisconsin. Later in the evening, storms redeveloped further north in western Wisconsin. These storms repeatedly hit the same areas just east of the Mississippi River into the Wisconsin River valley. Many towns were flooded out by 6-8 inches of rain, and many rivers rose or will rise to major flood stage.

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Flooding Response Update 8

Situation Report # 8, 7/19/2017,

Weather
A line of strong to severe thunderstorms will impact southwest and possibly south central Wisconsin through the evening. The greatest threat from this line is damaging wind, with a smaller chance for large hail and possibly a tornado.

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Flooding Response Update 7

Situation Report # 7, 7/18/2017,

Weather: Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop across central to northern Wisconsin tonight. The main hazards with these thunderstorms are damaging winds and heavy rainfall. If any flooding occurs due to this rainfall, it will remain rather localized as opposed to widespread. The higher threat for flooding will occur Wednesday night into Thursday and continues into Saturday. Multiple rounds of storms, including some with potentially heavy rainfall could result in possible flooding and rivers rising. Current forecast models show southwestern Wisconsin has the highest chances for multiple rounds of heavy rain.

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Flooding Response Update 6

Situation Report # 6, 7/17/2017,

Weather: The National Weather Service (NWS) says an active weather pattern will occur Tuesday night and last into Saturday. Several periods of thunderstorms may produce heavy rain. It will also be hot and humid. The threat of flooding will increase due to possible heavy rains and humid conditions.

Flooding Response
The NWS is reporting that the Fox River at Burlington is at minor flood stage of 11.1 feet. It is anticipated to drop below flood stage later this evening. The Fox River at New Munster is at 14.4 feet and is expected to drop to moderate flood stage tomorrow. Damage assessments began today in Racine, Kenosha and Walworth Counties.

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Flooding Response Update 5

Situation Report # 5, 7/16/2017,

Weather: The National Weather Service (NWS) says it should be dry on Monday with the next system moving into the state on Tuesday afternoon. This storm will be one of several storms that will move across the area later this week, possibly bringing heavy rain. It will also be hot and humid.

Flooding Response
The NWS is reporting that the Fox River at Burlington is at minor flood stage of 11.7 feet. It is anticipated to drop below flood stage by Tuesday. The Fox River at New Munster remains at 15.3 feet and will drop to moderate flood stage on Tuesday.

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Flooding Response Update 4

Situation Report # 4, 7/15/2017,

Weather: The National Weather Service (NWS) says scattered thunderstorms will move across southern Wisconsin tonight. The storms will hit the flooded areas around midnight. They anticipate ¼ to ½ inch of rain in southeastern Wisconsin. The NWS does not anticipate tonight’s rain to cause an increase in river levels. Sunday and Monday should be dry with the next system moving into the state on Tuesday.

Flooding Response
The NWS is reporting that the Fox River at Burlington remains at the moderate flood stage at 12.8 feet. It should fall into minor flood stage on Monday. The Fox River at New Munster is at 16.4 feet will remain at major flood stage until next Wednesday. Officials say the river is dropping about six inches daily.

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Flooding Response Update 3

Situation Report # 3, 7/14/2017,

Weather: The National Weather Service (NWS) is expecting dry weather for the next 24 hours. However, Saturday night, another system will move into southern Wisconsin bringing about ½ inch of rain, possible hail and strong winds. The next system will be the middle of next week.

Flooding Response The NWS is reporting that the Fox River at Burlington remains at the major flood stage. It should fall into moderate flood stage tonight and out of flood stage by Wednesday. The Fox River at New Munster will remain at major flood stage until next Thursday.

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Flooding Response Update 2

Situation Report # 2, 7/13/2017,

Gov. Scott Walker joined Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar, Wisconsin’s adjutant general, and Wisconsin Emergency Management Administrator Brian Satula in Burlington, Wisconsin to meet with local officials and view flood damage. Walker stressed that the safety of residents is the main concern right now. Earlier today, the governor declared a state of emergency in Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth counties in response to flooding triggered by heavy rains of up to 8 inches on July 11–12, 2017. The Fox River crested today in Burlington, in Racine County, at 16.1 feet, exceeding the previous high level set in 2008. It is also forecast to crest this afternoon in New Munster in Kenosha County at approximately 17.5 feet — another record. Wisconsin Emergency Management is coordinating response efforts to help those counties.

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Flooding Response

Situation Report # 1, 7/13/2017,

Governor Scott Walker has declared a State of Emergency in Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth Counties in response to flooding triggered by heavy rains of up to 8 inches on July 11 – 12, 2017. The Fox River crested today in Burlington in Racine County at 16.1 feet, exceeding the previous high level set in 2008 and will crest later today in New Munster in Kenosha County. Governor Walker and Major General Don Dunbar are in Burlington in Racine County meeting with residents and local officials and viewing flood damage. Wisconsin Emergency Management is coordinating response efforts to help those counties.

Here is a summary of the significant damage and assistance efforts:

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Tornado Incident Report 4

Situation Report # 4, 5/18/2017,

Another series of severe storms moved across Wisconsin yesterday afternoon and evening, causing damage to buildings, down trees and power lines. More than a dozen counties are reporting damage from those storms and cleanup has begun. Heavy rain from some of those storms triggered flood warnings for various locations across the state. Meantime, damage assessments and recovery continues from the tornado that struck northwestern Wisconsin. The path of that tornado stretched 70 miles and was a category EF-2 (120-130mph).

Flooding: Flood Warnings continue for several lakes and streams across the state including:
Southeastern Ashland County
West Central Iron County
Jackson County (Black River from Black River Falls to Galesville)
Lincoln and Marathon Counties (Wisconsin River, Big Rib River)…

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Tornado Incident Report 3

Situation Report # 3, 5/17/2017,

Governor Scott Walker declared a State of Emergency for Barron, Jackson, and Rusk counties following severe storms producing heavy rain, damaging winds, hail, and tornadoes. Governor Walker and other state officials met with victims and local officials and assess tornado damage this afternoon. Damage assessment and recovery efforts continue in the affected areas. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) will conduct agriculture damage assessments in Barron and Rusk Counties over the next few days.

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Tornado Incident Report 2

Situation Report # 2, 5/17/2017,

Damage assessment and recovery efforts are underway in Barron and Rusk Counties this morning following tornadoes that struck the area around 5:30 last night. A 46-year-old man was killed and more than 25 people were injured. Governor Walker and other state officials are expected to meet with victims and local officials and assess tornado damage this afternoon.

The National Weather Service (NWS) is conducting assessments to determine the strength of the tornadoes. In addition, flood watches and warnings are in effect as a result of heavy rains this week. The NWS says additional severe weather with heavy rain, strong winds, hail and tornados are possible across much of the state this afternoon and evening.

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Northwest Region Severe Storm Situation Report 1

Situation Report # 1, 5/17/2017,

A severe thunderstorm came through Barron and Rusk County and had a tornado that touched down and caused severe damage to muliptle areas. The Northwest Region is deploying resources to assist both counties in recovering efforts. The tornado touched down on 53 NB just south of Cameron and rolled over a semi and devastated a trailer park. The Northwest Region is partnering with Barron County Sheriff’s Department, fire and rescue and all of the local agencies that are assisting in recovering efforts. At this time we are meeting at the trailer park where the command post is set up in Barron County. We are handling the semi rollover on 53 at this time as well. We have sent troopers in a search and rescue clearing trailers to assure everybody has been located. We have 1 fatal and 20 individuals confirmed injured at this time. We are deploying troopers to Rusk County to conduct a search and rescue as well, the command post is at the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department.

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