Superior & Douglas Co in State of Emergencies

Superior Mayor: "A Mess I've Never Seen Before"

By KBJR News 1

July 2, 2012 Updated Jul 2, 2012 at 1:56 PM CDT

Superior, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) - Mayor Bruce Hagen declares a State of Emergency, due to major flooding and road closures, effective immediately in the City of Superior, until further notice.

Mayor Hagen and Dir. of Emergency Operations Keith Kesler spoke with Courtney Godfrey via the phone during the KBJR 6 & Range 11 News at Noon.

Travel is not recommended, but if you have to travel, please use extreme caution. Driving through moving or standing water on roadways is strongly discouraged to avoid contact with invisible and dangerous road conditions.

Major thoroughfares currently open in the city include Highway 53 / E. 2nd Street, U.S. 2 / Belknap Street, Tower Avenue. Additional precipitation and rising water levels may well require additional road closures throughout the day and updates will be provided and made available through the city and county websites.

Mayor Hagen emphasized the critical nature of this disaster in urging the public to travel with caution and only if necessary.

“What we have before us is an unprecedented event over many decades. Every resource and staff is being fully engaged. All City departments will be working around the clock in keeping roads open, assisting the public and begin emergency repairs as soon as possible”.

Mayor Hagen added that the City and County will pull together in this recovery. “From neighbor to neighbor and block to block we will pull together in full recovery”.

Current road closure in the City of Superior:

-E 2nd St/ US2/US53 near Barkers Island. Passable 1 lane each direction.
-E 2nd St/ US2/US53 at the Nemadji River. Passable, 2 lanes in each direction.
-N 21st St near Catlin Ave is closed.
-N 28th St between Hill Ave and Catlin Ave is closed.
-Hill Ave between Belknap St and N 21st St is closed.
-6th Ave E between E 5th St and E 7th St is closed.
-E 5th at 7th Ave E is closed.
-Tower Ave/STH 35 near the fairgrounds. Passable, 1 lane in each direction.