Flood­ing forces half of town to evac­u­ate

Los Angeles Times - - The Nation -

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.

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