Officials Concerned about Additional Flooding after Northern Wis. Dam Fails

June 19, 2018 12:49 PM

There is dangerous flooding happening now in parts of northern Wisconsin and Minnesota, after heavy rainfall caused the Radigan Dam to break Monday afternoon.

The break sent gallons of water gushing down the Tamarack Riverin Douglas County Wisconsinand into the St. Croix River.


Emergency officials in both states gave an update on the flooding situation, Tuesday. They said they do not anticipate much more damage than what has already been done.

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They said at this point, all they can do is watch to see if the flooded Tamarack and St. Croix rivers will recede soon.

Officials said many roads and bridges have been washed away or are underwater. That includes some roads leading to the broken dam.

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Officials said it's hard for them to get a good look at how bad things are right now. Areas like Cozy Corner, Wisconsin, as well as Cloverton and Markvill, Minnesota, saw some of the worst damage.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took to the sky Monday for a better look at the high water.

"It's a very visual reminder of how much damage can be done in a short amount of time," Walker said. "Certainly as we've done in the past our original intention is to provide as much assistance from a safety standpoint."

Duxbury Fire and Rescue Chief Mike McMullen, who is watching to see when the rivers will crest, is bracing for more possible flooding.

"We're still looking for high water that's not here yet; the dam breech, and surge is what we're worried about," McMullen said.

Emergency officials said they hope to have another update on the flooding situation later Tuesday afternoon.


Jonathan Rozelle

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