6 families evacuated, 5 motorists standing in rescued cars during a flash flood in Baldwin, Wisconsin


Heavy overnight rains caused flash flooding in parts of western Wisconsin on Monday morning.

St. Croix County Emergency Support Services says flooding is happening near Baldwin, Woodville and Hammond. Several roads are covered in running water, including US Highway 63 north of Baldwin.

Highway 63 is closed from US Highway 12 to County Road G, several miles north of Baldwin and is not passable. A portion of the highway. 12 near Baldwin is also closed due to washing. Travel in the area is not recommended.

Capt. Jeff Klatt of the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office says six families had to be evacuated from their homes in the town of Baldwin. They are currently being protected at the community center.

The town of Baldwin said that the Baldwin Municipal Building is open to anyone who needs to evacuate their homes.

Klatt said local fire departments rescued at least five motorists from the highway. 63 and city roads that were standing on top of their cars. Motorists had attempted to drive through the water on the highway and were pushed off the roads into the ditch. They had to climb onto the roofs of their cars to be rescued.

Officials warn people not to drive into flood waters or attempt to cross moving water because you don’t know if the road is leveled below you. Turn around, don’t drown.

FOX 9 teams also reported flooding along Interstate 94 on the way to Baldwin.

A FOX 9 viewer reported flooding of the Rush River in Martell, which is near the highway. 63 south of Baldwin.

Flooding on the Rush River in Martell, Wisconsin on Monday June 29, 2020. (Heather Frye Koenning / FOX 9)

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