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WI emergency officials report on damage in southern WI


MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin's emergency officials are working to assess the damage  following a series of storms in southern Wisconsin over the past 48 hours. 

The Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center says there have been no reports of injuries, but a number of incidents of property and road damage due to heavy winds, flooding and mudslides. The National Weather Service says additional storms are expected on Sunday, which could result in heavy rain and flash flooding, and damaging winds and hail.

In Columbia County, NWS confirmed a tornado touched down near Rio around 9 p.m. Saturday night. Officials say the tornado caused minor damage to trees and power lines but no one was hurt.

In Grant County, officials have declared a state of emergency. Sheriff Nate Dreckman has asked for help from other law enforcement agencies to assist with traffic control near flooded roads and evacuation. At this time, the number of flood-damaged homes is not known.

The American Red Cross and Salvation Army are providing help for those affected. A Resident Assistance Center is located at Boscobel City Hall on Monday. People can also pick up cleanup kits, including maps, bleach and other tools at city hall throughout the week as needed. Officials ask Boscobel homeowners to take photos of damage and report it to city hall by calling (608) 375-5001. Those who live in other Grant County municipalities should contact the county's emergency management office.

Grant County officials are asking for volunteers to help with cleanup. Bring boots and gloves to Boscobel City Hall for an assignment. Fire crews are responding to help pump water from basements.

In Iowa County, emergency management has requested 5,000 sandbags. Highway 130 near Avoca, Highway 133 east of Muscada and at the Blue River are closed due to flooding and mudslides.

In Crawford County, officials have also declared a state of emergency. Flooding and mudslides are affecting roads and an unknown number of homes were evacuated Saturday. A help center is being set up in Gays Mills, with help from the Red Cross. Highway 61 near the Wisconsin River, Highway 35 north of Prairie du Chien, Highway 179 near Eastman and Highway 171 west of Gays Mills are closed at this time.

Wisconsin Emergency Management has 495,000 sandbags across the state, ready for delivery. The State Emergency Operations Center remains at level 4. The Senior Duty Officer and Duty Officer will continue to monitor the situation.

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