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State of emergency declared in Northwestern WISubmitted: 06/18/2018
State of emergency declared in Northwestern WI
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NORTHWESTERN WI - Heavy rains have caused an earthen dam to fail in a rural area of northwestern Wisconsin.

Douglas County Emergency Management Director Keith Kesler says he's unaware of any evacuations from the damage Monday. Few people live in the area.

Kesler says water is overtopping the Radigan Flowage Dam west of Dairlyland after several days of rain.

The National Weather Service says local law enforcement is reporting that the damage is causing flooding downstream on the Tamarack River, as the water flows toward the St. Croix River between Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Flash flooding could affect roads and highways in the area.

A state of emergency has been declared in Douglas and Bayfield counties in northwest Wisconsin. At least one person has died as a result of the flooding

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