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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.

Emergency Operations Center Status

The EOC status is currently Level 5.
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2016 Situation Reports

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Current Situation

Storm Update 10 / September 30, 2016 / 4 p.m.

Situation Report # 10, 9/30/2016, 9/30/2016

Overview- The National Weather Services (NWS) is forecasting light rain showers across the state through Saturday. Forecasters expect rain totals of less than half an inch of rain.

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Storm Update 9 / September 29, 2016 / 5 p.m.

Situation Report # 9, 9/29/2016, 9/29/2016

Overview- The National Weather Services (NWS) is forecasting light rain showers across the state beginning Friday through Saturday. Forecasters expect rain totals of less than half an inch of rain.

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Storm Update 8 / September 28, 2016 / 5 p.m.

Situation Report # 8, 9/28/2016, 9/28/2016

Overview- The National Weather Services (NWS) is forecasting light rain showers across the state ending this evening. Dry weather returns on Thursday. Scattered showers return on Friday and continuing through Saturday. Forecasters expect rain totals of less than half an inch of rain.

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Storm Update 7 / September 27, 2016 / 6 p.m.

Situation Report # 7, 9/27/2016, 9/27/2016

Overview- The National Weather Services (NWS) is forecasting light rain showers across the state during the next 24 hours. Less than a half inch of rain is expected in southwestern and west central Wisconsin.

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Storm Update 6 / September 26, 2016 / 4 p.m.

Situation Report # 6, 9/26/2016, 9/26/2016

Overview- Flood waters continue to recede in western Wisconsin. Most rivers and streams have crested. The National Weather Service is forecasting a few light and scattered showers, allowing the affected areas to continue drying out. County assessment teams are surveying damage to public infrastructure (roads, bridges, etc.) and giving preliminary cost estimates to repair that damage. In addition, homeowners and businesses that sustained flooding are encouraged to continue reporting damage to their county emergency management office. Many counties in Governor Walker’s disaster declaration are working on these assessments and will report estimates as soon as possible. Here is the latest update by county (not all counties have reported):

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Storm Update 5/ September 24, 2016 / 4pm

Situation Report # 5, 9/24/2016, 9/24/2016

Overview- Governor Walker toured several flooded areas including DeSoto and Gays Mills today. The National Weather Service predicts between one-half and one inch of rain for late Saturday into Monday morning in the affected areas, however isolated storms may produce higher amounts. A flash flood watch has been enacted across the affected area through Sunday evening as a precautionary measure, due to already saturated ground and the potential for heavier rainfall in a short period of time. Here is the latest update by county:

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Storm Update 4 / September 23, 2016 / 6pm

Situation Report # 4, 9/23/2016, 9/23/2016

Overview- Dry weather today helped the flooding situation across western Wisconsin. However, Flood Watches and Warnings remain in effect. The National Weather Service predicts less than one inch of rain for late Saturday into Monday morning in the affected areas. The Red Cross has distributed 500 flood cleanup kits across the region. On Thursday, Governor Scott Walker declared a State of Emergency in 13 counties. Those counties are Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark, Columbia, Crawford, Eau Claire, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, Trempealeau and Vernon. Here is the latest update by county:

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Storm Update 3 / September 23, 2016 / 1 p.m.

Situation Report # 3, 9/23/2016, 9/23/2016

Second Fatality- Vernon County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed a second storm-related fatality. Motorists are urged not to drive on flooded roadways and obey all road closure signs. Remember, turn around, don’t drown.

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Storm Update 2 / September 22, 2016 / 6 p.m.

Situation Report # 2, 9/22/2016, 9/22/2016

Overview- Governor Scott Walker has declared a State of Emergency in 13 counties after heavy rains created flash flooding conditions across western Wisconsin. The State of Emergency includes Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark, Columbia, Crawford, Eau Claire, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, Trempealeau and Vernon County. Flash Flood Watches and Flood Warnings continue throughout the region. A break in the rain this afternoon is helping the situation. Even though more rain is expected after midnight, amounts are expected to be well under ½ inch. Here is the latest update by county:

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Storm Update 1 / September 22, 2016 / 1:30pm

Situation Report # 1, 9/22/2016, 9/22/2016

Overview- Up to ten inches of rain have fallen across western Wisconsin since Wednesday afternoon with the potential of up to an additional inch of rain today. Flash Flood Watches and Warnings continue throughout the region. Many roads are closed due to water over the pavement or washouts. Here is the latest information by county:

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Incident Report 9-8-2016

Situation Report # 2, 9/8/2016,

Storm Update

Communities across southern Wisconsin continue to clean up from flooding rains which fell late Tuesday night into Wednesday triggering evacuations and road closures. Floodwaters continue to recede, however there are still areas that remain flooded. Here is the latest report from county emergency management offices.

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Incident Report 9-7-2016

Situation Report # 1, 9/8/2016,

Flood Watches and Warnings continues across much of Wisconsin after 4 to 6 inches of rain fell late Tuesday into Wednesday morning triggering flash flooding of roads, rivers and low lying areas. Another 1 to 3 inches or more of rain is expected later this evening and into Thursday morning. Here is a county by county review of the situation.

Columbia County: The Baraboo River is forecast to reach minor flood stage on Thursday. The Wisconsin River is expected to crest below flood stage. Blackhawk, West Lane, Lake and Old River Road in the Blackhawk Park area of Portage are expected to have water over them by the time the Wisconsin River crests. Tritz Road in the town of Caledonia is expected to be flooded by the Baraboo River. Spring Creek at Lodi is under a Flood Warning.

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Storm Update 2 – 4:30pm

Situation Report # 2, 8/11/2016, 8/11/2016

Heavy rains from storms this morning resulted in flash flooding over west central Wisconsin. Many roads have been washed out from the 3” to 8” of rain that fell. Another round of storms will move through the area this afternoon and evening. The National Weather Service issued a Flood Warning for northern Trempealeau and Buffalo Counties until 10:15 p.m. with flooding continuing this evening. A Flash Flood Watch is also in effect in western and southwest Wisconsin through 7 a.m. as round two of thunderstorms tonight could produce another one to three inches of rain.

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Storm Update 1 – 11:30 am

Situation Report # 1, 8/11/2016,

Heavy rain moving across west central Wisconsin this morning has caused flash flooding. Several areas have received 4-6” of rain causing flooded and damaged roads. The hardest hit areas are Buffalo, Price, Trempealeau and parts of Eau Claire counties.

Buffalo County – Buffalo County Emergency Management reports that the county has declared a state of emergency in response to the flooding. Numerous roads remain closed. County officials are recommending no travel until further notice. Law enforcement reported propane tanks floating down a creek in the Cream area. In addition, Buffalo County residents that may have sustained flood damage are encouraged to call 211 to report flooding.

Price County – Highway 86 is closed in the Town of Ogema. High water is also reported flowing over County Highway C.

August 11, 2016 Flooding Interactive Map

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Storm Update 17 – July 25, 2016 6:00 pm

Situation Report # 17, 7/25/2016, 7/26/2016

Governor Walker and several state officials including Major General Don Dunbar of the Wisconsin National Guard held meetings in Ashland and Hayward today with local, county and tribal leaders to discuss ongoing needs in the wake of damaging floods two weeks ago. Following the Governor’s meeting today, state agency officials will be sent to areas hit by the storm for follow-up.

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Storm Update 16 – July 22, 2016 6:00 pm

Situation Report # 16, 7/22/2016, 7/22/2016

Weather- Clean-up continued from severe storms which rolled across Wisconsin Thursday. About 60,000 power customers were off line last night. As of 3:30 p.m. there were about 6500 customers without power across the state. Winds of 90 to 110 mph in Columbia County resulted in one injury at an Amish farm. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for much of northwest Wisconsin for Saturday afternoon into Sunday. Up to 2 inches of rain is expected along and south of the U.S. Hwy 2 corridor.

Excessive Heat Warnings and Advisories expire at 7 p.m., but high heat index levels are scheduled to continue through Saturday. A list of cooling centers can be found at:

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Storm Update 15 – July 21, 2016 6:00 pm

Situation Report # 15, 7/21/2016, 7/21/2016

Weather- Severe storms again rolled across Wisconsin today. Strong winds gusting up to 75 mph knocked down multiple trees and power lines. Xcel Energy estimates power will be restored to all its customers by Friday at 8 p.m. Four campers sustained minor injuries at the Birch Grove campground inside the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Bayfield County. The U.S. Forest Service has issued an area closure for the portion of the Washburn Ranger District north of Highway 2 due to downed trees and debris. National Forest roads, trails and developed recreation sites north of Highway 2 are also closed until further notice. Excessive Heat Warnings and Advisories continue for much of the state. Heat index values of 100 to 110 degrees are possible Friday. The Advisory includes many of the counties and tribes affected by flooding. A list of cooling centers can be found at:

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Storm Update 14 – July 20, 2016 6:00 pm

Situation Report # 14, 7/20/2016, 7/20/2016

Weather- The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued Excessive Heat Warnings, Watches, and Advisories effective Thursday into Friday for much of the state. Heat index values of 100 to 115 degrees are possible. The watch includes all the counties and tribes affected by flooding. A list of cooling centers can be found at: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/climate/weather/heat.htm. Residents can also call 2-1-1 for heat-related health and safety information.

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Incident Report 13 / July 19, 2016 6:00 pm

Situation Report # 13, 7/19/2016, 7/19/2016

Weather- The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Flash Flood Watch for western Wisconsin. Heavy rainfall is possible tonight into Wednesday morning. NWS has also issued an Excessive Heat Watch effective Thursday into Friday for much of the state. Heat index values of 100 to 110 degrees are possible. Counties included in the watch which were affected by the flooding event include Burnett, Price, Sawyer and Washburn Counties.

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Storm Update 12 – July 18, 2016 6:00 pm

Situation Report # 12, 7/18/2016, 7/18/2016

Fatality- A woman died after driving past two sets of barricades on US Highway 63 north of Grand View in Bayfield County. The vehicle fell 50 feet into the washout. Officials remind drivers to use caution while driving in flood affected counties and do not drive through road blocks and closures.

Weather- The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch effective Thursday into Friday for much of the state. Heat index values of 100 to 110 are possible. Counties included in the Watch which are affected by the flooding event include Burnett, Price, Sawyer and Washburn Counties.

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Storm Update 11 – July 18, 2016 1:00 pm

Situation Report # 11, 7/18/2016, 7/18/2016

Governor Walker Seeks Federal Damage Assessment- Governor Scott Walker requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conduct a preliminary damage assessment following torrential rains last week that caused more than $28 million in damage to roads and bridges in northern Wisconsin. FEMA teams will begin assessing damage the week of July 25, 2016. The assessment is expected to take a few days to complete. Information gathered will be provided to Governor Walker to help determine if the state will request a federal disaster declaration. It is the first step to request federal disaster assistance.

Damage Assessments - Damage assessments continue in northern Wisconsin to determine the financial impact of the recent flooding event. As of 1:00 pm, eight counties, the Bad River Tribe, and the Department of Natural Resources, have submitted initial damage assessment reports from the flooding. Below are those damage estimates. These numbers will change as more assessments and updates to assessments are submitted.

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Storm Update 10 – July 17, 2016 5 pm

Situation Report # 10, 7/17/2016, 7/17/2016

Damage Assessments - Damage assessments continue in northern Wisconsin to determine the financial impacted of the recent flooding event. As of 5 p.m., seven counties, the Bad River Tribe, and the Department of Natural Resources, have submitted initial damage assessment reports from the flooding. Below are those damage estimates. These numbers will change as more assessments and updates to assessments are submitted.

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Storm Update 9 – July 16, 2016 6 pm

Situation Report # 9, 7/16/2016, 7/23/2016

Weather Forecast - The National Weather Service is monitoring thunderstorms that are expected to move across Wisconsin early Sunday morning. These storms could bring locally heavy rain to sections of northwest Wisconsin. Counties forecast to see the most impact of this rain are Burnett, Sawyer, and Washburn.

Damage Assessments - Damage assessments continue in northern Wisconsin impacted by flooding earlier this week. As of 6 p.m., six counties, the Bad River Tribe, and the Department of Natural Resources, have submitted initial damage assessment reports from the flooding that occur this week. Local officials anticipate these numbers to change throughout the weekend. Below are the latest damage estimates submitted by county and tribal emergency management offices along with the Department of Natural Resources.

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Storm Update 8 – July 15, 2016 6 pm

Situation Report # 8, 7/15/2016, 7/15/2016

Weather Forecast - The National Weather Service is monitoring thunderstorms that are expected to move across Wisconsin Saturday night. Thunderstorms are expected to bring less than an inch of rain in sections of northwest Wisconsin. The St. Croix River flood stage is improving. The river at St. Croix Falls crested and is currently at 22 ½ feet which is high but should continue to recede.

Damage Assessments - Damage assessments continue in northern Wisconsin impacted by flooding earlier this week. As of 4 p.m., six counties have submitted initial damage assessment reports from flooding and tornadoes that occur this week. Local officials anticipate these numbers to change throughout the weekend. A meeting with state agency cabinet and local officials was held this afternoon in Ashland to discuss recovery efforts. Below are the latest damage estimates submitted by county emergency management offices.

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Storm Update 7 – July 15, 2016 11 am

Situation Report # 7, 7/15/2016, 7/15/2016

Damage assessments continue in northern Wisconsin impacted by flooding earlier this week. The National Weather Service is monitoring thunderstorms that are expected to move across Wisconsin Saturday night. Thunderstorms are expected to bring about ½ inch of rain in sections of northwest Wisconsin. Heavier amounts expected in southern Wisconsin.

Today, several cabinet secretaries along with Major General Don Dunbar and Wisconsin Emergency Management Administrator Brian Satula are meeting in Ashland to meet with local officials to discuss flooding recovery efforts.

WI State Patrol is performing aerial photography today in some of the hardest hit areas.

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Storm Update 6 – July 14, 2016 7:30 pm

Situation Report # 6, 7/14/2016, 7/15/2016

The State of Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center has launched a special webpage on ReadyWisconsin with the latest press releases and information on the flooding response and recovery efforts. Visit http://ready.wi.gov/flooding/NorthernWI2016.asp.

Here is a county by county breakdown of the latest information:

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Storm Update 5 – July 14, 2016 12:30 pm

Situation Report # 5, 7/14/2016, 7/14/2016

As water begins to recede, officials in flood ravaged northern Wisconsin continue assessing the damage from the July 12th storms and the continued impact of those damages. Several counties have filed preliminary damage estimates while others continue to work on those estimates.

The State of Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center has launched a special webpage on ReadyWisconsin with the latest press releases and information on the flooding response and recovery efforts. Visit Northern Wisconsin Flood Update on Ready Wisconsin website.

Here is a county by county breakdown of the latest information:

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Storm Update 4 – July 13, 2016 6:00 pm

Situation Report # 4, 7/13/2016, 7/13/2016

Damage assessments continue in Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Sawyer and Washburn counties following heavy rains and flooding in the region. Gov. Scott Walker declared a State of Emergency for those eight counties. Several counties have filed preliminary damage estimates, others continue to work on those estimates.

Here is a county by county breakdown of the latest information:

Ashland County- Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources surveyed the severe damage at Saxon Harbor. U.S. Coast Guard continues to patrol the area and monitor the stranded boats.

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Storm Update 3 – July 13, 2016 11 am

Situation Report # 3, 7/13/2016, 7/13/2016

Damage assessments are underway in Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Sawyer and Washburn counties following heavy rains and flooding in the region. Gov. Scott Walker declared a State of Emergency for those eight counties and met with local officials and viewed damage last night.

Additional storms are expected today. The National Weather Service reports the southern two-thirds of the state are at a slight risk today for severe storms. The storms are expected to impact the state from afternoon to early evening and are expected to bring damaging winds, hail and possible isolated tornado. Northern Wisconsin, which was hit hard by heavy rain earlier this week, should not be impacted by today’s storms. Most rivers in northern Wisconsin are receding. However, the St. Croix River in Burnett County is expected to crest late today.

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Storm Update – July 12, 2016 6pm

Situation Report # 2, 7/12/2016, 7/12/2016

Governor Walker has declared a State of Emergency for Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Sawyer and Washburn Counties as a result of flooding that has impacted the region. Overnight, several areas received 8-10 inches of rain causing flash flooding.

This evening, Gov. Walker is viewing damage with Major General Don Dunbar, Adjutant General and Wisconsin’s Homeland Security Advisor and Wisconsin Emergency Management Administrator Brian Satula. Below are the latest damage reports:

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Storm Update – 11:30 am

Situation Report # 1, 7/12/2016, 7/12/2016

Heavy rain fell last night and continued this morning causing flash flooding. Counties impacted include Ashland, Bayfield, Sawyer, Washburn, Price, Iron, and Douglas. Several areas from Minong to Cable to northern Iron County received 8-12 inches of rain causing flash flooding. Strong winds caused downed trees and power lines during the storms. The National Weather Service expects dry weather in northern Wisconsin for the next day.

There were 33 people that were trapped on Michigan Island in Lake Superior off Saxon Harbor in Iron County. As of 10:30 a.m., 20 people had been rescued. The rest are being rescued now. There were no injuries. Also at Saxon Harbor 85 boats were damaged or destroyed.

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Severe Weather Update

Situation Report # 3, 3/18/2016, 3/18/2016

Many communities across Wisconsin continue to deal with flooding from heavy rains that moved across the state earlier this week.

Summary of impacts:

East Central

Green Lake County – The Fox River is at flood stage in Berlin on Friday but no major flooding is anticipated.

Waupaca County – The Wolf River hit flood stage yesterday and will crest Monday and Tuesday. The Embarrass and Little Wolf rivers are at flood stage but receding.

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Situation Report # 2, 3/17/2016,

Wisconsin residents continue to deal with the impact of heavy rains and high winds from a storm system that moved across the state Tuesday and Wednesday. Flood Warnings continue along several rivers with flooding expected into the weekend.

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Situation Report # 1, 3/16/2016, 3/16/2016

Heavy rains and high winds Tuesday night into Wednesday have caused damage across Wisconsin. The National Weather Service has issued multiple Flood Warnings and Advisories for several rivers. Multiple trees and power lines are down across southern Wisconsin blocking roads and causing sporadic power outages. Northern Wisconsin is dealing with a snow storm dumping 8 to 12 inches today and tonight.

Summary of impacts:

East Central----Brown County – Storm sewer washout on south and west side of 172. Minor street flooding on County Highway ZZ in Wrightstown.

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