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Gov. Walker declares emergency due to flooding in northern Wisconsin

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- Gov. Scott Walker has declared a State of Emergency in eight counties in northern Wisconsin after severe flooding.

The counties included in the declaration are Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Sawyer and Washburn.

“Heavy rainstorms overnight caused widespread damage across the Northwest,” Governor Walker said. “I express my thanks and appreciation to all of the first responders and officials in the area who are working hard to manage the situation. I am instructing the Wisconsin National Guard and all state agencies to aide those affected by the storms.”

Gov. Walker spoke with local residents and surveyed the damage Tuesday evening.

Here are the latest damage reports, according to Wisconsin Emergency Management:

Ashland County: Receiving reports of homes with sewage backup.   There are some camper trailers that are surrounded by water at Copper Falls State Park. Officials have been helping with the campers.

Bayfield County: reports of flooding in basements

Iron County: Officials report the the Saxon Harbor is a total loss. Over 100 boat slips were damaged. There was one confirmed fatality. They were able to assist campers that wanted to leave the Michigan Island.

Sawyer County: Officials report that the Smith Creek is rising. Sandbagging efforts are underway in Hayward.

A number of roads and highways in northern Wisconsin are damaged. Here is a list as reported by the state:

Ashland County: U.S. Highway 2 at Sum Road, U.S. Highway 2 at Denomie Creek, WIS 13 at Silver Creek and Trout Brook, and WIS 169 at Bad River and Tyler Forks

Bayfield County: WIS 137 at Whipperfurth Road, and U.S Highway 63 at Twentymile Creek and U.S. Highway 63 in Bibon Swamp

Iron County: WIS 122 at U.S Highway 2 and Parker Creek, WIS 169 at Vaughn Creek and U.S. Highway 2

Washburn County: Portions of WIS 77 

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HAYWARD, Wis. (AP) - The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for much of northwestern Wisconsin and is warning motorists to use caution.

Parts of eight counties are under the flash flood warning until early Tuesday morning.

The weather service office in Duluth, Minnesota, says it has received reports from law enforcement of many state, county and local roads under water in the warned area. It says between 6 to 9 inches of rain has fallen with an addition 2 to 4 inches expected through 2 a.m. in some areas.

Affect areas include Grantsburg, Spooner, Hayward, Ashland, Iron River and Trego.

Anyone camping near a stream, creek or river was urged to move to higher ground immediately. Motorists should not drive into high water.

Here is a list of areas to avoid.

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