Crews evacuate buildings in downtown Lodi due to natural gas odor, flooding

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LODI, Wis. - Emergency crews are evacuating buildings in downtown Lodi due to a strong smell of natural gas, officials said.

Lodi police are asking everyone to avoid the area as first responders and city crews investigate the odor.

Columbia County Emergency Management crews are in Lodi dealing with flooding issues.

Police said flooding has caused furnaces in buildings not to work properly, and they were pumping out natural gas.

Officials said all of the power and gas is being shut off in downtown Lodi, and people should plan on it being shut off all night.

A temporary shelter is being set up by the Red Cross at Lodi Elementary School for anyone without power.

Officials said sandbags can be filled and picked up at the Lodi Utility Garage at 249 Water St., according to a Facebook post.

Officials ask anyone who is able to volunteer to go to the garage.