Res­i­dents flee flooded Wis­con­sin town

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

MIN­NE­AP­O­LIS — Sev­eral hun­dred people evac­u­ated their homes early Thurs­day in the small west­ern Wis­con­sin com­mu­nity of Ar­ca­dia as heavy rain sent a creek over its banks.

The wa­ter­logged city was among those af­fected by more wide­spread storm dam­age and flood­ing in Wis­con­sin and Min­nesota that closed roads and trig­gered mud­slides.

In Wis­con­sin, people in Ar­ca­dia, a city of 2,900 people about 45 miles north of La Crosse, vol­un­tar­ily evac­u­ated flooded neigh­bor­hoods and the down­town area start­ing about 2:30 a.m., Mayor Robert Re­ich­wein said.

Re­ich­wein said Tur­ton Creek over­flowed its banks, also flood­ing the city’s main thor­ough­fare, Wis­con­sin 95. The Red Cross set up a shel­ter at a church for evac­uees.

Else­where in Wis­con­sin, a mud­slide closed part of Wis­con­sin 95 near Foun­tain City as other roads also were af­fected by flood­ing.

In north­ern Iowa, pow­er­ful storms dam­aged homes, build­ings and crop fields. Also, a tor­nado was re­ported near Fort Atkinson. No in­juries were re­ported.

AP/Star Tri­bune/ELIZABETH FLORES

Pe­dro Martinez crosses a flooded Main Street on Thurs­day in down­town Ar­ca­dia, Wis.

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