Flooding forces half of town to evacuate
A powerful storm drenched parts of the upper Midwest, flooding creeks and rivers and forcing more than half of the residents of one Wisconsin city to evacuate their homes for higher ground.
Gov. Jim Doyle declared a state of emergency and ordered the National Guard to Trempealeau County. Heavy rains there forced mandatory evacuations for as many as 1,500 of the 2,400 residents of Arcadia, 100 miles southeast of Minneapolis.
Police officers in Arcadia began going door to door in the rain to urge residents to flee rising floodwaters, City Clerk Angela Berg said.
Downtown Arcadia, which sits along the swollen Trempealeau River, has been swamped with up to 3 feet of water, and two highways into town have been closed, authorities said.