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Local, state officials continue to assess Sunday night's storm damage


MADISON (WKOW) -- Local and state officials and the National Weather Service (NWS) offices continue to assess the damages from Sunday night's storm.

The State of Wisconsin's Emergency Operations Center released the following information.

Wisconsin tied its largest April daily tornado outbreak on April 10, 2011. Ten tornadoes were documented in central and northern parts of the state, including at least three strong tornadoes (EF2 or EF3). This ties the record of 10 tornadoes on April 27, 1984.

Additionally, there were numerous reports of large hail and damaging thunderstorm winds across most parts of the state. Hail stones up to 2.75 inches in diameter occurred and straight-line wind gusts up to 80 mph (hurricane-force) were noted by severe weather spotters.

Adams County:

According to a UDSR submitted by Adams County:

  • Seven homes and three businesses were destroyed
  • 40 homes sustained major damages
  • 36 homes and three businesses sustained minor damages
  • $3,318,000 in expected private sector damages
  • Estimated $287,000 in public sector damages.

Calumet County:

Six buildings have been reported with moderate structural damages (two residences, a seasonal home, a barn, an industrial building and a trailer home). Debris removal by the local governments has been fairly light.

Lincoln County:

According to a UDSR submitted by Lincoln County regarding damage in Merrill:

  • 22 homes and seven businesses were destroyed
  • 22 homes and one business sustained major damages
  • 20 homes and four businesses sustained minor damages
  • $10,895,420 in expected private sector damages
  • Estimated $9,514.70 in public sector damages for protective services.

Power restoration continues. Wisconsin Public Service reported at the morning briefing that they have only 145 locations to restore from more than 6,000 that were down on Sunday night. 125 individuals are working the area within 45 crews.

All businesses that were damaged or destroyed in the industrial park will have employees report today to begin clean-up efforts. As such, the secure perimeter has been reduced substantially. No passes are required in the city, but the State Patrol is maintaining a required pass system for areas outside the city in the Town of Merrill.

The schools have reopened with some altered bus routes.

Although the Red Cross will be closing their shelter today, feeding operations for residents and workers will be maintained through a joint Red Cross/Salvation Army mobile canteen operation.

Debris is being separated and hauled to the county landfill. Tipping fees are currently being paid on each load.

Outagamie County:

According to a UDSR submitted by Outagamie County regarding damage in Kaukauna:

  • Seven homes were destroyed
  • 24 homes and four business sustained major damages
  • 162 homes sustained minor damages
  • $4,782,450 in expected private sector damages
  • Public sector damages are unknown at this time.

Waushara County:

According to a UDSR submitted by Waushara County:

  • 75 homes and one business sustained major damages
  • 325 homes sustained minor damages
  • $275,000 in expected private sector damages
  • Estimated $15,000 in public sector damages for debris clearance.

Winnebago County:

According to a UDSR submitted by Winnebago County:

  • Two homes were destroyed
  • 12 homes and two businesses sustained major damages
  • 50 homes sustained minor damages


Sauk County:

Due to an expected rise in the Wisconsin River this evening, Sauk County Emergency Management is recommending that residents along Levee Road and Plummer's Grove in the Town of Fairfield (near Lake Delton) seek alternative housing until further notice.

Water levels are expected to rise to 19.5 feet or higher over the next few days and maintain that level for several days. The earthen berm system is unstable at this time and Department of Natural Resources personnel monitoring the situation are unsure what may occur due to the rising water. Roads are expected to become water covered and first responders may be unable to reach residents in this area to render aid.

Levee Road has been closed from Hwy T in Sauk County through Columbia County.

Residents can call the Salvation Army if they need sheltering.

Wood County:

The Wisconsin River has crested and waters are receding. Dam operator said river is at 63,900 feet per second and holding.

The Wisconsin Rapids State Office Building at 1681 2nd Avenue South in Wisconsin Rapids has been closed due to flooding in the area. It is expected to remain closed for one or two more days. Agencies with offices in this building were asked to redeploy their employees to alternate sites or to ask them to work at home as appropriate.

The roundabout is closed at the intersection of Second and Gaynor avenues near the State office building in Wisconsin Rapids.

County Road GG in Port Edwards is closed due to flooding.

Three culverts are out, one each in Marshfield, Hanson and Sigel.

Portage County:

Portage County has submitted a UDSR for $40,000 of public sector damages due to ongoing flooding.

Current Portage County Road Closures:

City of Stevens Point:

  • County HH Bridge
  • Intersection of County HH and US Highway 66
  • West River Drive (north of Clark Street)

Town of Pine Grove:

  • Tower Road

Town of Plover:

  • Park Drive (access to Galecki Park)

Town of Hull:

  • Walkush Road
  • Driftwood Drive (north end)
  • Granite Ridge Road (west end)

Town of Carson:

  • River Road (from County E to Town Line)

Town of Linwood:

  • West River Drive West (east of new bridge)
  • Blue Heron Road
  • Rocky Run Road (east of US 66)
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