Storms leave damage, flooding, power outages
Storms that rolled through Northeast Wisconsin caused damage, including widespread flooding.
Hwy. 42 between Ephraim and Fish Creek, near Peninsula State Park's golf course, is closed. Transportation officials say rain washed out part of the ditch next to the highway. Traffic is being detoured on Holland Rd. The road is expected to reopen later today.
Flooding has been reported in Sister Bay and Baileys Harbor in Door County. Emergency management officials say there is no time frame for the problems to be resolved. Anyone in Door County who needs help because of flooding or other storm-related damage can call (920) 746-2396. Emergency calls should still go to 911.
The rains heavily impacted Peninsula State Park. Power is out, nearly 40 campsites are under water, parts of the Sunset bicycle trail are washed out and the Peninsula Golf Course is closed, the DNR says. Park officials are contacting people who had campsite reservations, and they are not taking any additional reservations or accepting walk-in campers.
In Green Bay, officials say lightning hit the roof of the Dollar General on Main Street around 9 p.m. It caused about $15,000 in damage. No one was hurt.
Wisconsin Public Service reports as of 5:03 p.m., almost 11,000 customers are without power throughout northern Wisconsin and 400 crews are out working to restore service.
Meanwhile, thousands remain without power.
The storms also left widespread damage across the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Forest Service officials say crews have begun clearing trees, branches and debris from roadways, trails, campgrounds, picnic areas and other recreation sites. Several roads, trails and campgrounds in the western half of the forest were heavily damaged and are closed.
The National Weather Service says the storms included hail up to 2.5 inches in diameter and wind gusts of more than 60 miles per hour. A second round of storms later in the day produced intense rainfall, resulting in urban and flash flooding.
Here are rainfall totals from parts of the area, according to the National Weather Service:
- Ephraim: 7 inches
- Fish Creek: 5.61 inches
- Egg Harbor: 5.29 inches
- Keshena: 5.03 inches
- Shawano: 4.04 inches
- Mountain: 3.71 inches
- Oconto: 3.59 inches
- Wausaukee: 3.27 inches
- Pulaski: 3.05 inches
- Green Bay: 2.82 inches
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