SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) -- The University of Wisconsin-Superior is shut down after flooding on campus.
University spokeswoman Lynne Williams says most buildings have water in their basements and a couple have several feet of water. She says classes and most events were canceled Wednesday.
According to the National Weather Service, much of Douglas and Bayfield counties got 3 to 5 inches of rain Tuesday and Wednesday, with some areas getting more than 6 inches.
According to Wisconsin Emergency Management officials, the rain has triggered road closures and scattered power outages.
There are so far no reports of anyone being displaced from homes, but more rain is expected later Wednesday. Superior officials are assessing the possibility of a declaration of emergency.
The rain is from the same storm that produced severe flooding in Duluth, Minn.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Gov. Mark Dayton says he's offering Duluth all possible state assistance as the city copes with severe flooding.
Dayton issued a statement Wednesday saying he spoke with Duluth Mayor Don Ness about help the state can provide now and during the recovery. He says he will travel to Duluth on Thursday morning to discuss further how the state can help.
Dayton also asks people who live in or were planning to travel in the Duluth area to follow the requests of local authorities to stay off of affected roads and highways so emergency crews can do their work.
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) -- Duluth Mayor Don Ness says he plans to declare a state of emergency because of serious flooding in his northeastern Minnesota city.
Ness tells The Associated Press he plans to issue the order later Wednesday morning. He says it will help communicate the severity of the problem to the public and start the process of obtaining federal disaster aid.
The mayor says the city is encouraging people to stay home, both because of the amount of standing and rushing water from heavy rains overnight, and the difficulty in spotting hidden hazards. He says they're also discouraging anyone from traveling into the city and through the city, both for their personal safety and so that they stay out of the way of emergency and maintenance crews.
Here's how Wisconsin Emergency Management says the heavy rain and flooding has affected two Wisconsin counties:
TO: Governor Walker
FROM: Brian Satula, WEM Administrator
RE: Situation Report #1 on Flooding
A significant downpour of rain and flooding occurred overnight and into the morning in Douglas and Bayfield Counties. Up to eight inches of rain has fallen so far in some areas triggering several road closures and scattered power outages.
Most of the damage is located along the lakeshore and in the northwest part of the county. The following communities have received the greatest damage: the City of Superior, and the Towns of: Superior, Parkland, Lakeside and Cloverland. The City of Superior is assessing the need to provide sheltering for residents with homes that are inaccessible; however no shelters have been established currently. The City is assessing the possibility of a local declaration of emergency. There are also reports of water in basements and some buildings on the UW-Superior campus also received flooding, closing the campus for the day. There are no reports of any individuals displaced as a result of the flooding; however local monitoring and assessments are ongoing.
WI Highway 13 is closed in both directions between County Road U and US Highway 53 and Southbound at US Highway 53 is blocked due to the flooding. Alternate routes have been identified. There is also water on the roadway on WI Highway 105 near the town of Oliver.
Local roads are being used as alternate routes. This closure is expected to last for the day and possibly longer as heavy rain continues in the area. A number of county roads have also been washed out, including County Highways: U, FF, C, D and K.
The county emergency management director states that the Sheriff and the Highway departments are busy with traffic control on Hwy 13. A mutual aid plan is in place with the local ambulance service to ensure access to residents for emergency assistance. The director stated that Uniform Disaster Situation Reports will be submitted later today.
Wisconsin Emergency Management continues to be engaged with the local officials; however no assistance has been requested of the State so far. Wisconsin Emergency Management will continue to monitor and provide updates for this ongoing event.