MADISON, Wis. - Gov. Tony Evers Friday declared a statewide state of emergency in Wisconsin due to flooding caused by rapid snowmelt and rain.
In a news release, Evers noted that warm temperatures and rain the last few days caused much of the heavy snowpack and ice to melt, resulting in flooding and ice jams, and causing rivers and creeks to rise.
"Many residents and communities across our state have been responding to flooding that has impacted homes, businesses, and cities and towns across Wisconsin," Evers wrote. "I would like to thank all the first responders who have been helping those in need."
Executive Order No. 16 directs state agencies, including the Wisconsin National Guard, to provide additional personnel and resources as needed to assist in emergency response and recovery operations.