Governor Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency, following storms earlier this week that killed two people and caused widespread damage across northern Wisconsin.
The declaration covers eight counties in northern Wisconsin – Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Sawyer, and Washburn. Storms in the region brought heavy rains, high winds, and flooding, washing out numerous roads and bridges. Many highways in the region remain closed due to flood damage.
Two men were also reported killed as a result of the storms – one in Bayfield County and one in Iron County.
Strong winds also damaged or destroyed 85 boats at the Saxon Harbor on Lake Superior.
The governor toured damage in the region Tuesday evening. He has also instructed National Guard and all state agencies to provide aid to those affected by the storms.