Governor Scott Walker has declared a State of emergency for 13 western Wisconsin counties following torrential rains this week, Wednesday, causing side spread flooding and mudslides.
Counties declared are Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark, Columbia, Crawford, Eu Claire, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, Trempealeau, and Vernon.
"More than 10 inches of rain fell this week, which caused flooding and mudslides cross the region of western Wisconsin," said Governor Walker. "I want to thank all of the first responders and local officials in the area who are working hard to manage the situation. I am instructing the Wisconsin National Guard and all state agencies to provide assistance to those affected by this natural disaster."
According to Wisconsin Emergency Management, a house was destroyed in a mudslide in Vernon County which claimed the life of the person inside. Numerous roads are closed due to floodwaters or mudslides.
The State of Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center was activated early Thursday morning, and state officials are working to assist counties in their response and recovery efforts.
Executive Order #215, which declares the State of Emergency,helps local governments pay for the un-reimbursed costs of damage and cleanup to public infrastructure.