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Evers declares State of Emergency

By Patrick Lynn

Gov. Tony Evers on Sunday declared a State of Emergency for Wisconsin.

The declaration follows widespread severe storms, torrential rains, and tornadoes across the state since Friday. Downed trees and power lines have caused major power outages and road closures due to debris and damage to homes and businesses.

“I know many people, especially in northern and central Wisconsin have been impacted by the strong storms and power outages,” Evers said in an email statement July 21. “The first responders and utilities have been doing a great job, working non-stop since the storms hit. I want to make sure all state resources are available to help get the power back on and debris removed.”

The governor’s declaration directs all state agencies to provide assistance and authorizes Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar, Wisconsin’s adjutant general, to activate the National Guard to assist local authorities as needed.

Heavy rains hit the southwest region of Wisconsin overnight on July 18, causing flash floods. Strong storms hit mainly northern and central Wisconsin on Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 20.