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Thousands battle backwater in basements

MADISON (WKOW) -- The National Weather Service says Southern Wisconsin will continue to face heavy rain, flooding and damaging winds. An additional 1-3 inches of rain is expected tonight with localized precipitation up to 5 inches. Storms should start clearing out by Saturday night.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin's Emergency Operations Center has released the latest damage reports as of 10:40 a.m.:

Milwaukee County - County Executive Scott Walker signed a Proclamation of Existence of a County Emergency at 10:30a.m. Several roads closed due to flooding in the City of Menomonee Falls, City of Delafield and the Town of Vernon.

City of Milwaukee - Milwaukee received 8in of rain on the north side and 6in of rain on the south side. There were 2,000 calls for backwater in basements, 144 incidents of surface/street flooding and 50 lids were blown off sewers. At Oakland and North streets a manhole cover collapsed, which caused a sinkhole. There were 70 EMS calls, 122 fire calls and the dive team was out all night. There was a lightening strike to one house and a lightening strike to 2 people. All beaches are closed through Sunday. There were 500 police calls - one was to evacuate 100 people from a Country Inn and Suites as the water went over the first floor and surrounded the hotel. There are two shelters open - one at GlenHills Middle School (which sheltered 89 people last night), and the other at 26th and Wisconsin (which sheltered 10 people). To get a clean-up kit or to report basement water backup call 414-286-CITY.

Washington County - Sandbagging is occurring in the following areas: Little Cedar Lake, Druid Lake, Friess Lake.

Crawford County - Highway 82 bridge over the Mississippi now open.

Southeast Wisconsin - WE Energies confirmed they have approx. 7616 customers without power.

For further information, contact Wisconsin Emergency Management at 608-242-3232.

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