Wisconsin soaked by floods as crews recover body of man swept away

A gazebo near Veterans Memorial Park, is seen pinned up against the Hwy. 14/61 bridge Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in Coon Valley, Wis., moved by flood water from Coon Creek. The rain continued to fall through early Tuesday in the eastern part of Wisconsin, with another heavy round is expected Tuesday night into Wednesday. (Peter Thomson/La Crosse Tribune via AP)

Users on Tuesday recovered the body of a man who was taken away from the candidate-rescuers during the flooding that forced evacuations around Wisconsin, the capital, and the power supply to many homes.

More than 11 inches of rain fell overnight in places in or around Madison, according to the National Weather Service. The bad weather seemed to have passed by midday Tuesday, with the forecast calling for dry conditions fri night and sun on Wednesday and Thursday.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday evening declared a state of emergency in flood-stricken Dane County, saying the state is ready to help in the recovery efforts.

“I have no doubt about the resilience of Wisconsin communities will be on display during this response,” Walker said in a statement.

The governor plans to tour the flood damage on Wednesday.

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and US. Rep. Mark Pocan sent a letter Tuesday to President Trump, and asks him to provide federal assistance for flood recovery efforts as a Hiker looking for a federal disaster declaration.

The residents layers of sandbags to protect property against flooding.

(AP, Wisconsin State Journal)

“Of course, We had a very dangerous and unprecedented situation,” Mayor Paul Soglin said at a press conference. “We have seen the snow storms. We have seen ice storms. We saw tornadoes. Of course, we have never seen a rain like this.”

The man who died was in his 70s, police spokesman Joel DeSpain said in a statement. The man drove in a car with two passengers in the neighborhood of Madison park on Monday when it crashed in the waters of the flood and was swept into a drainage ditch. The car came to rest nose down, and quickly filled with water.

The Capital Times reported that Madison Alderman Matt Phair and his wife were out cycling during a lull in the storm and saw the car in the ditch.

Phair told the newspaper that she waded to the car in the water, that was three or four feet deep, and he pulled out the two passengers, who were described by police as a man in his 70s and a woman in their 50’s.

The male passenger made it to solid ground, but the woman slipped under. Phair said that he and his wife saved her by grabbing her hair.

A third man joined in to help. The driver of the car, but the rescuers could not hold him in the flowing water and he was sucked under the car.

“The power is overwhelming, and eventually he slipped out and went under,” said Phair, who added that he did what anyone would have done.

The police statement does not include the names of those involved.

The fire department found the driver’s body Tuesday morning in a retention pond about a third of a mile away.

The weather service said that he suspects that the rain broke a Wisconsin record for most rain in a 24-hour period. The Madison suburb of Middleton has so far recorded 11.6 inches, but rainfall reports were still coming in. The previous record was 11.7 inches in the near Mellen in northern Wisconsin, set up on 24 June 1946.

Black Earth Creek hit flood stage and evacuations are under way in the Black Earth, Cross Plains and Mazomanie, according to Dane County Emergency Management. A temporary shelter was founded in Mazomanie elementary School as the schools in Middleton and Cross Plains.

In Middleton on Tuesday morning, about a hundred people were trapped in a Costco and another hundred were locked in a Fairfield Inn, WKOW-TV reported. Everyone at the two locations is safely evacuated, Dane County spokeswoman Stephanie Miller said Tuesday afternoon.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday evening declared a state of emergency in flood-stricken Dane County, saying the state is ready to help in the recovery efforts.


Dane County Executive Joe Parisi’s chief of staff, Josh Wescott, said about 100 people have been evacuated in Mazomanie, and police officers were using an air boat to reach people still trapped in their houses. Authorities knocked on every door in Mazomanie, and any resident who wanted to be evacuated has been evacuated, and everyone is safe, ” says Miller.

Officials of the province have discovered that there are a number of damaged bridges and divers, and were beginning to put together a damage report, Westcott said. Parisi declared a state of emergency in the province on Tuesday morning, the first step towards qualification for state and federal assistance.

Soglin, the mayor, it is estimated that the flooding has caused at least $ 250,000 worth of damage to the urban infrastructure and tens of millions of dollars of damage to private property. He said he expects those estimates to grow as more damage becomes apparent in the next few days.

Approximately 6,000 Madison Gas and Electric customers lost power Monday night as storms hit west of Madison. The power was restored to the majority of customers by Tuesday morning, but repairs were delayed because of the floods made some roads impassable.

The Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District, reported receiving a large number of talks Tuesday over sanitary sewers to overflow on the city’s far west side and in the suburb of Fitchburg.

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