Water Wipes Out Roads; Flooding Widespread

By KBJR News 1

August 2, 2011 Updated Aug 3, 2011 at 12:39 PM CDT

Douglas County, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) - Former Chairman of Summit Nap Nault says while water is over the road in places on 35...other places are much worse.

"There's the Black River which is overflowing another mile from here and then there is some smaller streams that have completely knocked the roads out," said Nault.

Six inches of rain fell in southern Douglas County last night...causing major damage to roads, and interfering with travel plans.

"We tried going down another side road...same thing. There was another big puddle and it actually looked like a lake," said Karen Forbes, who was trying to get to her cabin in Danbury.

"They have told us any roads we could take. They told us 'don't take W, don't take B, don't take C..." said Marge Johnson.

"And Highway 35 too...so...we'll find a way home. Maybe we'll just get out and walk the railroad tracks," said Dick Johnson. Dick and his wife were unable to find a way home due to damaged roads.

In Solon Springs, the storms seem unending this summer, as trees were once again knocked down, while waters in streams and lakes over flowed.

"When I did get up and I looked out...my big oak tree was gone...well, part of it.," said Mary Ann Howard, who lives in Solon Springs.

"The rains we have been getting are coming down harder. I can only remember one gentle rain this spring, all of them have been kind of cloud bursts and that's what we had last night," said Jon Pierce, who lives on a lake near Solon Springs.

People living in Solon Springs say now it's time for clean up again.

"Unfortunately you can't do nothing about mother nature but I don't know, something's got to be done here, it's getting a little old," said John Hunker, who has a cabin on a lake near Solon Springs.

Officials say the Nemadji River crested at 21 feet Tuesday afternoon.

Flood level is 20 feet.

The flooding has closed US2 EB/53 SB near the Nemadji River.

Both SB lanes are closed due to water on the roadway.

However, barrels have been set up so that there is one lane of traffic moving through SB and one moving through NB in the NB lanes.

The closure is expected to last until Wednesday night.

Written for the web by Elayne Crecelius