(Madison) The National Weather Service has confirmed three tornadoes blew down trees, flattened a barn and knocked out power to thousands Tuesday. The tornadoes were spotted in Dodge, Fond du Lac and Sheboygan counties. All 72 Wisconsin counties are now included in the State of Emergency declared by Governor Scott Walker. Seven counties were already under the State of Emergency before it was expanded Wednesday. The move calls for all state agencies to help local governments with their responses to the high water and the storm-caused damage. It also opens the door for the Wisconsin National Guard to call its members to active duty to help.
Dodge County, meanwhile, has declared its own state of emergency along with the villages of Brownsville, Lomira, and Theresa. Waupun had previously announced the declaration, which, allows the entities to seek assistance from county and state resources. Residents are instructed to take pictures and contact their insurance company to report property damage. With sump pumps not running, residents are also reminded to check their basements and move valuables to higher storage to avoid potential water damage. We Energy crews continue to repair downed power lines in the villages while crews from the Department of Public Works, area fire departments, and local businesses are addressing downed trees and other damages.
A reception center has been opened at the Brownsville Fire Department at 515 Clark Brownsville, WI and at the Lomira Municipal Building 425 S. Water St, both places will have cell phone charge outlets and information on clean up, contractor safety tips, food safety, and helpful insurance tips. A public town hall meeting will be held at the Lomira Municipal Building at 425 S Water St. Lomira, WI this evening at 5:30pm. Affected residents are also encouraged to monitor the Dodge County Emergency Management Facebook Page for updates.