Flooding closes roads, causes evacuations in Arcadia

Postado Julho 21, 2017

Hundreds of residents left their homes in Arcadia, Wisconsin, Thursday morning as a swollen creek flooded the downtown area and closed several major roads.

The mayor says employees working overnight at a major manufacturer, Ashley Furniture, were also evacuated to higher ground in the community of about 2,900.

According to the Trempealeau County Sheriff's Office, those residents are seeking shelter at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Arcadia.

In Minnesota, officials say mudslides or flooding have made parts of some highways impassable, including Interstate 90 and Highways 16, 26 and 61 in Winona and Houston counties. Drivers do not have access into or out of Arcadia.

Rain fall amounts were significant.

The Buffalo County Sheriff's Office says numerous roads in the southern half of the county have become impassible due to high water or mudslides. The National Weather Service said wind gusts to 75 mph and heavy rain were reported Wednesday evening in several locations, and a tornado was reported 2 miles (3 kilometers) west-southwest of Fort Atkinson.

A mudslide has closed part of Highway 95 near Fountain City.

La Crosse county Emergency Management director, Keith Butler expects to have damage assessment completed sometime this morning.