Residents flee flooded Wisconsin town
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.
Pedro Martinez crosses a flooded Main Street on Thursday in downtown Arcadia, Wis.