The list of counties impacted by flooding in Western Wisconsin continues to grow. A state of emergency has been declared in five more Wisconsin counties, due to heavy flooding caused by strong storms rolling through the region.
Governor Jim Doyle issued the declaration Friday afternoon for Buffalo, Marathon, Portage, Wood and Jackson Counties. They join Clark and Trempealeau Counties on a list of seven that have seen homes damaged, roads closed, and even some areas evacuated due to rising waters.
Officials with Wisconsin Emergency Management, the DNR, and the National Guard are on the scene, working with local officials to assess the damage and assist with recovery efforts.
Doyle says the declaration allows the state to continue doing everything possible to help those affected by the storms make a quick recovery.