Heavy rains cause rural Wisconsin dam failure

Posted at 10:46 PM, Jun 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-18 23:46:35-04

Heavy rains have caused an earthen dam to fail in a rural area of northwestern Wisconsin.

Douglas County Emergency Management Director Keith Kesler says he's unaware of any evacuations from the damage Monday. Few people live in the area.

Kesler says water is overtopping the Radigan Flowage Dam west of Dairlyland after several days of rain.

The National Weather Service says local law enforcement is reporting that the damage is causing flooding downstream on the Tamarack River, as the water flows toward the St. Croix River between Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Flash flooding could affect roads and highways in the area.

A state of emergency has been declared in Douglas and Bayfield counties in northwest Wisconsin. At least one person has died as a result of the flooding.